Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (738)

John McGuinness

Question:

738. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health his plans for funding the dental clinics located at Castlecomer and Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny, and Bagenalstown, County Carlow; the number of referrals from local schools dealt with by each of these clinics; the catchment area dealt with by each clinic; the costs per year of the running of each clinic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8805/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Dental services to children up to 16 years are provided by the Public Dental Service of the HSE. The service is targeted at children at key stages in their development. Children are given dental examinations and any follow-up treatment required at these stages. When required, emergency dental treatment is available to all children up to 16 years. The HSE has been asked to examine the specific query raised by the Deputy and to reply to him as soon as possible.