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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 5 Feb 1992

Vol. 415 No. 4

Written Answers. - Sterilisation Policy.

Ivor Callely


177 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Health if she will outline (1) her policy on sterilisation on family planning grounds and (2) the hospitals, if any, which are providing this service and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Bernard Allen


181 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health if she will outline the steps, if any, she is taking to have tubal ligations widely available in public hospitals in this country in order to meet the increase in demand for this sterilisation procedure.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 and 181 together.

Where tubal ligations are deemed necesary for medical reasons they are considered part of a hospital's normal activity and are performed on the same basis as any other medical procedure and according to the same eligibility criteria.

The following is a list of public hospitals which provide tubal ligation services:


St. James's



Holles Street

Portlaoise General

Mullingar General

St. John's, Limerick

Limerick Regional

Monaghan General

Cavan General

Letterkenny General

Sligo General

South Victoria, Cork

Cork Regional

Erinville Maternity, Cork

Tralee General

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe

University College Hospital, Galway.

Sterilisation operations for family planning purposes are a matter for decision by the patients concerned in conjunction with their consultants.