Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (133, 134)

John McGuinness

Question:

134 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 233 of 2 December 2003, if he will make the information available. [8234/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

As the Deputy will be aware, the provision of services to people living in the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and south Tipperary is a matter for the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has already asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter raised by him.

As the issue raised by the Deputy concerns the provision of direct assistance or home help services to persons who suffer from Parkinsons disease, my Department has been informed that the board has asked the administrators of its four local community care offices to provide information about the query raised. I understand that the SEHB will collate the information received from the four community care offices and reply directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

John McGuinness

Question:

135 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 708 of 27 January 2004, the progress that has been made in the case; if the report from the CEO is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8235/04]

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The provision of health related services for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has again been referred to the chief executive officer of the South Eastern Health Board with a request that he examine the matter and reply directly to the Deputy, as a matter of urgency.