Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (618)

Seán Crowe


733 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Health and Children if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 who attended the accident and emergency department at Tallaght hospital on 30 December 2003 and was diagnosed with meningitis; if his attention was further drawn to the fact that they were kept waiting for five and a half hours in the accident and emergency department during which time other patients were vulnerable to catching the illness; if there are procedures in place for the treatment of persons with infectious illnesses in accident and emergency wards; if these procedures are being adhered to; his views on whether they need to be reviewed in view of this incident; if his attention has been drawn to similar cases; and if so, the nature of those cases. [1707/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Responsibility for the funding of services at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children's Hospital at Tallaght rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the regional chief executive of the authority to investigate the matters raised by the Deputy and to reply to him directly.