Written Answers. - Consultant Appointments.

Gay Mitchell

Ceist:

273 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason for the apparent discrepancies between information supplied by the ERHA and information supplied by Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children on the appointment of a consultant paediatric immunologist; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19435/03]

Gay Mitchell

Ceist:

280 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the steps he intends to take to remedy the current situation whereby despite urgent need, Ireland has no consultant paediatric immunologist; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Crumlin Hospital is currently flying a UK consultant over here for ten sessions a year and the grave difficulties scheduling sessions due to the vagaries of flight schedules; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that very sick children are being flown to the UK for treatment rather than endure the unacceptable situation with the provision of a service here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19455/03]

Gay Mitchell

Ceist:

281 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will sanction an appointment immediately of a paediatric consultant immunologist; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19456/03]

Gay Mitchell

Ceist:

282 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children his views on the progress being made in relation to applications from Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children for the appointment of a consultant paediatric immunologist; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19457/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 and 280, to 282, inclusive, together.

As the issues raised by the Deputy are appropriate to the Eastern Regional Health Authority my Department has asked the regional chief executive of the authority to examine them and to reply to the Deputy directly.