Written Answers. - Diabetic Clinic.

Batt O'Keeffe

Question:

83 Mr. B. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if he intends to make funding available for the establishment of a diabetic clinic at Tralee General Hospital, County Kerry. [8567/96]

, Limerick East): Diabetic services for the Southern Health Board are currently provided at Cork University Hospital, where the board's endrocrinology service is based, at the South Infirmary/Victoria Hospital and also by a number of general physicians in Tralee General Hospital.

The question of a consultant-led service in Kerry has been raised in the recent past and the health board has examined the options in relation to the delivery of this service in consultation with senior medical, nursing and other staff. It was particularly anxious to obtain the views of the new consultant endocrinologist on his appointment to Cork University Hospital in terms of how best the diabetic services should be developed at Tralee General Hospital.
Following its consultation process, the board is now of the opinion that the establishment of a diabetic clinic at Tralee would require the appointment of an additional consultant. In view of the competing demands in 1996 for consultant posts, the board is actively pursuing a number of interim proposals for the immediate delivery of a diabietic clinic at Tralee. I have asked the board to keep me informed of any developments in this regard.