Written Answers. - Dublin Health Centre.

Tony Gregory


188 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Health the arrangements, if any, that will be made for persons using the health centre in Benburb Street, Dublin 7, to ensure that people will not have to queue in the public street. [16190/96]

Limerick East): The provision of services at the health centre in Benburb Street is a matter for the Eastern Health Board in the first instance.

I understand that the board is acutely aware of the queueing problems in the centre and it has informed me that steps are being taken to alleviate the problem as follows: arrangements are being made to install a ticket queueing system shortly; it is planned, on a trial basis, to open the community welfare waiting area on Tuesday mornings 50 minutes prior to the service commencing instead of the ten minutes arrangement as is the case at present — if this proves successful it will become the permanent opening time; and the further development of the computerised payment system for the community welfare service will lead to a consequential reduction in the number of clients having to attend the centre.
The board has pointed out that while these arrangements will reduce the numbers waiting outside, some clients often choose to remain outside the building in the following circumstances: to smoke, as it is prohibited within the building; and some prefer to wait outside as opposed to inside.