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. John's, Limerick
South Victoria, Cork
Erinville Maternity, Cork
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.