Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Ceisteanna (544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

659 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will respond to issues raised in correspondence from a person (details supplied) in County Galway with regard to the regional neurosurgery unit for the west of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1304/04]

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Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

663 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will outline the position in regard to the provision of a regional neurosurgery unit for the West of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1328/04]

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Michael Ring

Ceist:

667 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the plans he has to set up a regional neurosurgery unit for the west of Ireland; the position in this regard; the progress that has been made; the reports that are being compiled on this matter; and when they will be completed. [1358/04]

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Pádraic McCormack

Ceist:

679 Mr. McCormack asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has received the Comhairle na nOspidéal review of the new neurosurgical services here with emphasis on capacity and geographical location; and when the report will be made public. [1425/04]

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Olivia Mitchell

Ceist:

687 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children when the report by Comhairle na nOspidéal, commissioned in 2000 to review neurosurgical services in Ireland with emphasis on capacity and geographical location, will be published and the recommendations acted upon. [1446/04]

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Enda Kenny

Ceist:

697 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has received documentation in respect of the provision of a Regional Neurosurgery Unit for the West of Ireland to be based at the UCHG complex; if his attention has been drawn to a commitment for the provision of a Gamma Knife radiotherapy machine, estimated value US$4 million and a further donation of US$1 million being made available to assist in this process; if he has examined the documentation in respect of this matter; if he has consulted with the Western Health Board in respect of the proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1488/04]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 659, 663, 667, 679, 687 and 697 together.

As the Deputies are aware, I have asked Comhairle na nOspidéal to carry out a review of neurosurgical services and to prepare a report for my consideration. Comhairle have been asked to focus, in particular, on the provision of adequate capacity and consideration of equity of access to neurosurgical services having regard to best practice in the provision of quality healthcare. I understand that the work of the comhairle committee on neurosurgical services is ongoing .

Decisions in relation to the future development of neurosurgical services will be informed by the comhairle report.