Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

126 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when the South Western Area Health Board will provide a wheelchair for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8178/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of aids and appliances, including wheelchairs, is a matter for the relevant health board. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has been referred to the regional chief executive officer, Eastern Regional Health Authority, with a request that he examine the matter and reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

127 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if and when proper funding for chiropody services will be offered for practitioners in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8179/04]

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Arrangements for the provision of services, including chiropody, in County Kildare are the responsibility of the regional chief executive of the Eastern Regional Health Authority. Accordingly, the question has been referred to the authority for direct reply to the Deputy.

Services for People with Disabilities.

John McGuinness

Question:

128 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children the supports and entitlements available from his Department for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8224/04]

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John McGuinness

Question:

129 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 414 of 16 December 2003, the progress which has been made in this case; if the chief executive officer of the SEHB will respond as promised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8225/04]

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I propose to answer Questions Nos. 128 and 129 together.

Responsibility for the provision of services for persons with an intellectual disability or autism is a matter, in the first instance, for the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the South Eastern Health Board to investigate the matters raised by the Deputy and reply, as a matter of urgency, directly to him.

Health Board Services.

John McGuinness

Question:

130 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children , further to Parliamentary Question No. 494 of 4 November 2003, if the matter has been investigated by the chief executive officer of the SEHB and if a report will be issued; the action which has been taken or will be taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8226/04]

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As this is a matter for the health board the Deputy's previous question was referred to the South Eastern Health Board for direct reply. I have been advised that the health board has responded to the Deputy.

John McGuinness

Question:

131 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 280 of 21 October 2003, the payments that have been made in this case by the SEHB; the steps the board have taken to assess the family relative to their request for further assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8231/04]

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Responsibility for the provision of drug treatment services rests with the health boards, in this case the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply to him directly.

John McGuinness

Question:

132 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason home help was not granted to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of the fact that they were promised home help two years ago; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8232/04]

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As the Deputy will be aware, the provision of health services in Kilkenny is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board. 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.