Written Answers. - Osteoporosis Incidence.

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

80 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Health and Children if, in view of the high incidence of osteoporosis and further to Parliamentary Question No. 25 of 18 November 1998, he will provide details of all bone density x-ray facilities in public hospitals; it he will give a commitment to introduce a bone screening programme at an early date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1920/99]

Bone density X-ray facilities are provided for public patients in the following hospitals: St. Vin cent's Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1, Mater Hospital, Dublin 1, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24, James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal, Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, County Limerick, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, County Louth, Mullingar General Hospital, County Westmeath. I understand that bone density x-ray facilities will also be available in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway, in the near future.

There is no proposal within my Department to introduce a population-based screening programme for osteoporosis at this stage but I will ask the chief medical officer to keep the issue under review.