Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (695, 696)

Michael McCarthy

Question:

695. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Health the average response times to emergency calls to the South Doc service in the Kinsale area of County Cork; if his attention has been drawn to concerns surrounding the response times of the service in the area at present; the reasons behind the delay in the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8306/13]

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Michael McCarthy

Question:

696. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Health the average response times to emergency calls to the South Doc service in the Bandon area of County Cork; if his attention has been drawn to concerns surrounding the response times of the service in the area at present; the reasons behind the delay in the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8307/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 695 and 696 together.

90% of the population have access to GP out-of-hours services in 14 centres nationally, in all HSE regions, in at least part of every county. Over 2,000 GPs provide services in the co-ops.

In relation to the specific issues raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on the matter.

Question No. 697 answered with Question No. 649.