Wednesday, 9 March 2005

Ceisteanna (104, 105)

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

144 Mr. Timmins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if the catchment area for Baltinglass District Hospital will be redefined to include those areas of south-west Wicklow and south-east Carlow which were in the catchment area of the hospital prior to 2000; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8115/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for the provision of health services in Baltinglass District Hospital. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief officer for the executive's eastern regional area to investigate the matter raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

145 Mr. Timmins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the structure now in place to deal with the administration of health services in counties Wicklow and Carlow; the way in which these responsibilities are broken down; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8118/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services.

Responsibility for the administration of the health services in counties Wicklow and Carlow rests with the executive. My Department has requested the interim chief executive officer of the executive to reply directly to the Deputy.