Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Ceisteanna (285)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

364 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to complaints from a person (details supplied) that they have been suffering acute pain and other symptoms for months but that the prison doctor has refused to treat them; and if he will take action regarding the matter. [39636/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

Since his committal to Cloverhill Prison, the person concerned has been in receipt of constant and on-going medical attention. He has been triaged by prison nurses, consulted prison doctors more than 40 times in 2008 and has had 6 doctor and 5 nurse consultations in recent months.

He has been prescribed medication appropriate to his medical condition and has not been denied any medication.

I understand that the person concerned had been refusing medical treatment for a medical condition until very recently. I am aware that the Nurse Manager at Cloverhill Prison met with him early last month and provided reassurance with regard to a forthcoming appointment and also provided clarification in relation to his dental care requirements.

I wish to assure the Deputy that the prison healthcare staff will continue to offer every assistance to him for the duration of his imprisonment.