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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Thursday, 30 Sep 1999

Vol. 508 No. 2

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Austin Deasy


55 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason he will not provide sufficient funds to increase the capacity of the dialysis unit at Waterford Regional Hospital to cater for patients within their functional area rather than send them to units outside the area at a cost of over £200,000 per annum when the equipment could be provided at a cost of approximately £400,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18193/99]

The provision of renal dialysis at Waterford Regional Hospital is a matter for the South-Eastern Health Board in the first instance. A new dialysis unit was opened there in March 1997, catering for 32 patients per week as part of the major capital development at the hospital. In 1998 I approved additional funding of £200,000 to enable the hospital to provide a service to further patients that required dialysis as demand for the service grew. As a result, a total of 42 patients are now attending the unit each week.

I am aware that further demand for access to this service exists and my Department will continue to work with the South-Eastern Health Board in identifying and addressing the board's overall service development needs. In this regard, expansion of dialysis services will continue to be considered in the context of the board's competing priorities.