Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (539)

Brendan Howlin


654 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Health and Children if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the child and adolescent psychiatry service provided by the South Eastern Health Board in Wexford is resourced to treat emergency cases only; that there is currently a waiting list of 212 patients who under current arrangements have no prospect of accessing this service in the foreseeable future; if he considers that the service currently provided in Wexford is adequate; if he will indicate how this service compares with that provided by other health boards; if he will provide additional resources to enable the South Eastern Health Board to extend the child and adolescent psychiatry service in Wexford to non-emergency patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1250/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

: Responsibility for the provision of the services referred to by the Deputy rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply to him directly.