Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (689)

Tom Fleming

Question:

689. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Health when will the promised podiatry post at Kerry General Hospital be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8263/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE National Clinical Programme for Diabetes - which includes the care of children and adolescents with diabetes - was established within the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate. The purpose of the Programme is to define the way diabetic Clinical Services should be delivered, resourced and measured; and a clinician has been appointed to lead on the development of the programme.

In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, I have been advised by the HSE that Kerry General Hospital have been approved for 1.25 whole time equivalent podiatrist. The hospital is currently in the process of drafting a service plan and the filling of the post will be considered in this context and the associated available funding resource.