Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (548, 549)

Gerry Adams

Question:

548. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the reason the national ambulance service proposes to remove an ambulance service in the north east; if a risk assessment has been carried out on this proposal; and the stakeholders that were consulted. [11324/13]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

549. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that commitments were made regarding ambulance cover in the north east when the accident and emergency in Louth County Hospital was transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes, County Louth; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the service change brought with it an increased need for ambulance cover to respond to emergencies and also to transfer patients from the MIU in Dundalk, County Louth, to the accident and emergency in Drogheda, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11325/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 548 and 549 together.

In relation to the particular queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in these matters.