Thursday, 5 October 2006

Questions (130, 131, 132, 133)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

128 Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for Health and Children the referral patterns for speech and language therapy in the adult services, learning and disability services and physical and sensory services by county in the years since and including 2002; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31463/06]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

129 Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of persons currently waitlisted for speech and language therapy in each county; the average waiting time in each county; the average waiting time nationally; the measures being taken to reduce waiting times for these services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31464/06]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

130 Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for Health and Children the provision for speech and language therapy for learning and disability services, physical and sensory services, and adult services by county; the way this compares with the level of provision in 2002; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31465/06]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

131 Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for Health and Children the referral patterns by county for speech therapy in the community pediatric services during 2002 and in the years since; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31466/06]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 to 131, inclusive, together.

The Deputy's questions relate to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have these matters investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.