Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (611, 612)

John McGuinness

Question:

726 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will provide a 24 hour on-call CAT scan service at St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny; the procedure in place at present for scans which are required outside of the hours of service; the location used and the costs involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1664/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of services at St Luke's Hospital, County Kilkenny, is a matter for the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply directly to him.

Richard Bruton

Question:

727 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children if his attention has been drawn to reports (details supplied) that treatments could be provided for Parkinson's disease in Beaumont Hospital, but the treatment is not being made available because his Department has not designated the treatment as a speciality to be developed and assigned the health board resources required; and if he will rethink his Departments attitude to this treatment. [1672/04]

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Services at Beaumont Hospital are provided under an arrangement with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the regional chief executive of the authority to examine the issue raised and to reply to the Deputy directly.