Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (146, 147)

Jack Wall

Question:

146 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of applications for the nursing home subvention submitted in County Kildare in each of the past three years; the number accepted for payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4409/04]

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Jack Wall

Question:

147 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of applications for the enhanced nursing subvention submitted in County Kildare for each of the past three years; the number of successful applications; his plans to increase the subvention payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4410/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 146 and 147 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, the provision of health services in the Kildare area is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the South Western Area Health Board, under the aegis of the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive of the board to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply direct to him as a matter of urgency.