Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (673, 674)

Michael Ring

Question:

793 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will investigate the reason home help was reduced for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if his Department will investigate an incident which happened to this person; if an independent investigation can be carried out in this case; and the amount saved by the Western Health Board by reducing this person's home help. [2261/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of health related services, including home help services, to people with physical and/or sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has been referred to the chief executive officer of the Western Health Board with a request that she examine the matter and provide a report to me as a matter of urgency.

Question No. 794 answered with QuestionNo. 738.

Seymour Crawford

Question:

795 Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has satisfied himself that an elderly person should be kept one and a half hours in an ambulance on the street beside her own home while the ambulance crew do their best to find a hospital in the North Eastern Health Board area that would take this person in, while Monaghan General Hospital, that could have taken this person in by car, remains off call from July 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2263/04]

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Responsibility for the provision of services at Monaghan General Hospital rests with the North Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply to him directly.