To that end - among the actions taken - the Department and the HSE have prepared arrangements to ensure that all survivors of Thalidomide are provided with an assessment of their health needs led by Dr Paul O'Connell, Consultant Rheumatologist, Beaumont Hospital and a senior HSE nursing official.
The discussions have also dealt with the issue of financial needs.
The Minister has indicated that he
is prepared to consider a financial gesture of goodwill.
The State has been making payments to Irish survivors of Thalidomide since 1975.
Dr. Paul O'Connell, Consultant Rheumatologist, Beaumont Hospital has agreed to conduct multi-disciplinary assessments for this purpose.