Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (823, 824)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

833 Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Health his views on whether there is a need for clarity and information regarding the status of non-emergency transport for patients so that unnecessary distress and hardship can be avoided at what is already a very difficult time for patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35236/12]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

835 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the regional discrepancies which exist with regard to the eligibility to access non-emergency patient transportation; the standards and guidelines that are in place in relation to accessing these services; the method of application for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35250/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 833 and 835 together.

As these are service matters, they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.