Written Answers. - Health Board Dispute.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

39 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the need to bring about an amicable resolution to the longstanding industrial dispute involving health board directors of community care and his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1168/94]

Question:

83 Mr. Byrne asked the Minister for Health the steps, if any, he intends to take to settle the five month old dispute involving public health doctors which is having an impact on a range of health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [763/94]

Peter Barry

Question:

102 Mr. Barry asked the Minister for Health whether there are ongoing discussions between his Department and the Health Board Directors of Community Care with a view to achieving some progress towards the resolution of the industrial dispute which has disrupted services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [970/94]

Peter Barry

Question:

134 Mr. Barry asked the Minister for Health if he has received any recent submissions from the representatives of the Health Board Directors of Community Care with a view to the resolution of the issues involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [969/94]

Seán Barrett

Question:

137 Mr. Barrett asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the potential hardship for patients in the event of the continuation of the present industrial dispute between his Department and the Health Board Directors of Community Care; if he has taken any initiatives to resolve this dispute during the summer recess; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [968/94]

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

233 Ms F. Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Health the implications of the public health dispute; the effects of this dispute to date; and the steps, if any, he intends to take to resolve it. [265/94]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 39, 83, 102, 134, 137 and 233 together.

I am pleased to advise the Deputies that an end to the public health doctors dispute is in sight. Negotiations with the Irish Medical Organisation on revised arrangements for the provision of public health medicine and community care medical services by health boards reached a conclusion last week. Arising from these negotiations, a draft agreement was approved by the Public Health Committee of the IMO on 6 October and is currently the subject of ballot.

Those doctors who have been involved in the dispute resumed their usual duties on 10 October, pending completion of the ballot in the next week or so.