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Re: Funding from the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government.
For the past six years, Chronic Pain Ireland (CPI) has received a small amount of funding from the Department referred to above. The funding is managed by Pobal on behalf of the Department. Pobal manages publicly funded community programmes. The amount CPI received was in the region of €40,000 per annum.
Shingles (also know as herpes zoster) is a viral disease affecting nerves and surrounding skin. It is caused by the reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Once you have had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant (inactive) in your nervous system. It can reactivate later in life and cause shingles. 95% of adults have had chickenpox. If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you could be at risk of developing shingles. Shingles tends to occur more frequently in people over the age of 50.
The HSE is requesting submissions from the general public, patient organisations and professional bodies in relation to the current issues surrounding medical cards. CPI has made a submission on behalf of all living with chronic pain conditions.
The Governing Body of Chronic Pain Ireland are pleased to inform you that the former Minister for Health and Children, Dr James Reilly TD, under the provisions of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 and on the recommendation of the Irish Medical Council, declared Pain Medicine a Medical Specialty and standards as prescribed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, College of Anaesthetists Ireland.
Following a detailed, in-depth submission the Joint Committee on Health and Children calling for chronic pain to be deemed a medical speciality and condition in its own right, CPI along with the other stakeholders who had worked on the submission were invited to present to the Dáil Joint Committee on Health and Children.
CPI Chairperson John Lindsay represented our members and addressed the Committee along with other key stakeholders including: