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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 17 February 2004

Tuesday, 17 February 2004

Questions (282, 283, 284, 285, 286)

Paul McGrath

Question:

368 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the health boards which do not have in-patient ophthalmic services. [4588/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services is a matter for Eastern Regional Health Authority and the individual health boards. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the chief executive officers of the health boards to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested.

Paul McGrath

Question:

369 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if there is a consultant ophthalmic physician serving the Midland Health Board area; and the clinics at which this doctor serves. [4589/04]

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Paul McGrath

Question:

370 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of patients waiting for eye treatment at each of the eye centres in the Midland Health Board area. [4590/04]

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Paul McGrath

Question:

371 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of consultant ophthalmic physicians in the Midland Health Board area; and the centres serviced by each. [4591/04]

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I propose to take Questions Nos. 368 to 371, inclusive, together.

The Midland Health Board is responsible for the provision of health services in its functional area. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matters raised by the Deputy and to reply to him directly.

Paul McGrath

Question:

372 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if there is an ophthalmic physician assigned to the Longford eye centre; when clinics were last held there; if there are staff attached to this eye clinic who cannot work in the absence of an ophthalmic physician; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4592/04]

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Responsibility for the provision of ophthalmic services to eligible persons in the Longford eye centre rests with the Midland Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply to him directly.

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