Written Answers. - Violence Against GPs.

Bernard Allen

Question:

377 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of incidents of violence against general practitioners reported in 1999, 2000 and to date in 2001. [8034/01]

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows in tabular form. These details were supplied to my Department by the primary care units of the health boards. I should add that there could have been other incidents which were not reported to the health boards.

Health Board

Number of Incidents

Eastern Regional Health Authority

1 in 1999. Incident being investigated by gardaí. Situation under review at this location.

South-Eastern Health Board

None

Southern Health Board

None

North-Western Health Board

None

Midland Health Board

1 verbal incident in 2001.

Mid-Western Health Board

1 in 1999 and 1 in 2000

Health Board

Number of Incidents

North-Eastern Health Board

None

Western Health Board

None in 1999, several in 2000 involving the same person and which are being investigated by the gardai.

Question No. 378 answered with Question No. 372