Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (633)

Michael Lowry

Question:

633. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health if all blood samples taken in the mid-west region are sent to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for testing; his views on whether that office is adequately staffed to deal with this increased volume of blood samples; if he will sanction further staff to assist that office; if he will confirm the percentage of the submitted samples that are tested within the required timeframe; if he will confirm what becomes of untested samples after this date; if his attention has been drawn to the hardship and distress this causes to patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4972/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the detailed query raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.