Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (141, 142, 143)

Seán Crowe

Question:

272 Mr. Crowe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children her views on whether a lack of funding contributes to the delay in the opening of the new meningitis facilities at Exchange Hall in Tallaght; and if discussions or proposals have been initialised to resolve these difficulties. [25147/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

Responsibility for the provision of health services to persons residing in 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 examine this issue and to reply to the Deputy directly.

Finian McGrath

Question:

273 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if a person (details supplied) will have their application for a grant expedited particularly in relation to the delay. [25155/04]

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The provision of health related services, including occupational therapy 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 been referred to the chief executive officer of the Eastern Regional Health Authority with a request that he examine the matter and reply directly to the Deputy, as a matter of urgency.

Finian McGrath

Question:

274 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children further to Question No. 188 of 9 October 2004 in relation to funding MASC in Galway, if there are plans for further funding in 2004-05; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25156/04]

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My Department does not directly fund health and personal social services to victims of abuse. Moneys are made available each year to the various health boards for the provision of such services.