Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): In his report, Judge Quirke was of the opinion that Magdalen women should be provided with access to a comprehensive suite of health services. He specified GP services, prescribed drugs, medicines, aids and appliances, dental, ophthalmic, aural, home support, home nursing, counselling, chiropody and physiotherapy services and formed the opinion that the health provisions should operate in a manner similar to the scheme made available to certain persons under the Health (Amendment) Act 1996.
Judge Quirke’s recommendation that the women should have access to the range of services under the Health (Amendment) Act 1996 is being given effect in the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014.