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Willie Penrose

Question:

594 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will arrange for the admission of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath for a hip operation at Tullamore General Hospital in view of the fact the operation is urgently required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20067/00]

The provision of medical treatment to eligible persons in County Westmeath is the statutory responsibility of the Midland Health Board in the first instance. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate this case and to reply to the Deputy directly as a matter of urgency.