Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (561, 562)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

673 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will be taken in respect of the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 in light of the anxiety of staff and the community that action be taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1376/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of health centres to meet the needs of local communities within its functional area, is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority. Recently the authority submitted proposals for the development of the centre. My Department will soon complete its consideration of the proposals in the context of its overall capital priorities for 2004. It will then be in a better position to communicate with the ERHA about progressing the project.

Finian McGrath

Question:

674 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will work closely with the Spina Bifida Association, St. Ita's Hospital, Portrane, and the health board to see if the Spina Bifida Association could secure some land for a respite care centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1383/04]

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The provision of health related services, including respite care centres, for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities is a matter for the ERHA and the health boards in the first instance. The Deputy's question has been referred to the authority's CEO with a request that he examine the matter and reply to him directly, as a matter of urgency.