Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (261)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

337 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 452 of 4 November 2003, if an application for a medical card will be expedited in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and the reason the matter has not been resolved in view of the serious medical circumstances involved. [3655/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

Responsibility for the provision of a medical card is, by legislation, a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health authority. I understand that the Deputy raised this matter previously in a parliamentary question last November and was subsequently informed by the South Eastern Health Board that there was a medical card valid until the end of November 2003 in this case and that the renewal of this card was being assessed at that time. My Department has further asked the CEO of the South Eastern Health Board to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply to him directly.