Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (262)

Olivia Mitchell

Ceist:

391 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children his views on the western neurosurgery campaign. [2936/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

My Department has met representatives of the western neurosurgery campaign and I am aware of their views on the development of neurosurgical services. I have asked Comhairle na nOspidéal to carry out a review of neurosurgical services and to prepare a report for my consideration. Comhairle has 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 health care. I understand that the work of the Comhairle committee on neurosurgical services is ongoing. Decisions on the future development of neurosurgical services will be informed by the Comhairle report.