Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (109, 110)

Denis Naughten


104 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Question No. 740 of 27 January 2004 and the subsequent response from the health board of 10 February 2004, his views on whether this is a satisfactory response; if he will ensure that the original question is answered in full; the current procedures in place for answering such questions; if in light of this reply, he will review this procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7315/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of services for persons resident in County Roscommon is a matter for the Western Health Board in the first instance. The Western Health Board has advised that the person referred to in the question was admitted for treatment to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin on 23 February 2004. I understand that Crumlin hospital has informed the board that it has been necessary to cancel elective admissions due to lack of beds and to facilitate emergency admissions.

My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to examine procedures by reference to matters raised in the Deputy's question.

Tony Gregory


105 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will request a report from the appropriate health board authorities on a request for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10 for a place in the new unit in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin 10 who is in need of medical care. [7317/04]

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Responsibility for the provision of health services to residents of Counties Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the regional chief executive of the authority to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply to him directly.