Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (244, 245)

Paudge Connolly

Question:

322 Mr. Connolly asked the Minister for Health and Children the written and oral instructions given to ambulance staff in the matter of removing patients to Monaghan General Hospital or to Cavan General Hospital; the criteria used in formulating these instructions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6947/04]

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Paudge Connolly

Question:

323 Mr. Connolly asked the Minister for Health and Children if, in the event of a general practitioner referring a patient to Monaghan General Hospital, the ambulance staff have a right to countermand this referral under their instructions from the health board executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6948/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 and 323 together.

The North Eastern Health Board is responsible for the provision of ambulance 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.