Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (658)

John Deasy

Question:

776 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Health and Children the amount of funding which is being provided in 2004 to the South Eastern Health Board for the continued expansion of the Caredoc co-op; and if the expansion into Waterford will commence this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2171/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Between 2000 and 2003, €7.124 million was allocated to the South Eastern Health Board for the expansion of its out of hours co-operative, Caredoc. In 2004, €3.492 million has been included in the health board's base allocation for the continued provision of services under this heading. This dedicated funding is exclusive of the fees paid to participating general practitioners. All decisions on the geographical areas to be covered by co-operatives and the order of their commencement are matters for the relevant health board to make, having regard to the range of financial and other issues involved in any such expansion.