Written Answers. - Tinnitus Services.

Rory O'Hanlon


86 Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for Health and Children the support which is available for the Irish Tinnitus Association; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17487/01]

The provision of hospital services for persons with tinnitus is a matter in the first instance for the health boards and the Eastern Regional Health Authority.

I am aware of concerns expressed by representatives of the Irish Tinnitus Association regarding the level of services available in major hospitals to tinnitus sufferers. In this regard I am having inquiries made of the health boards and the ERHA in order to assess the current position.

I have also arranged for officials from my Department to meet with representatives of the association when the service position has been clarified.