Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Ceisteanna (154, 155)

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

281 Mr. Allen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the situation regarding the provision of a new health care centre at Glanmire, County Cork; and when funds will be made available for the construction of the centre. [25180/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

In the first instance, the provision of health centres to meet the needs of local communities and the maintenance and upgrading of such centres within its functional area is a matter for the relevant health board or the Eastern Regional Health Authority. In the case of Glanmire, County Cork, this responsibility rests with the Southern Health Board, SHB.

My Department approved a capital grant of £200,000, almost €254,000, in June 2000 for the purchase of a site for this development. I have been advised by the SHB that the purchase of this site has almost been completed.

My Department will be in a position to consider the question of funding for the design and construction of the proposed development when the SHB has completed the purchase of the site and forward a detailed submission on this project.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

282 Mr. Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of patients awaiting orthodontic treatment in County Westmeath; the numbers waiting in categories A and B; the average waiting time for treatment; the staffing situation in the county in orthodontics; the plans to correct staff shortages; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25183/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The provision of orthodontic services in County Westmeath is the statutory responsibility of the Midland Health Board in the first instance. Orthodontic information by county is not routinely collected by my Department. Therefore, the chief executive officer of the Midland Health Board has been requested to provide the information requested directly to the Deputy.