Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (185, 186)

Joe Carey

Ceist:

189 Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the progress made on the implementation of the specific recommendations of the 2006 Orthodontic Review Group Report in relation to the recruitment of a chief dental officer and the reintroduction of the old mid west training programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23183/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

The current moratorium on the filling of posts has meant that my Department has not been in a position to fill the post of Chief Dental Officer. Future decisions on this post will be taken against the backdrop of my Department's need to balance the delivery of business priorities with falling levels of overall resources.

A pilot initiative has resulted in a reduction in the orthodontic assessment waiting list in the Mid West. The HSE has commissioned an independent review of Orthodontic Services which will consider a number of service provision models. The review will begin later this year and will give guidance as to what changes will be desirable to provide the best possible model of care delivery, given the current resources available and expected future demand for the services.

Noel Grealish

Ceist:

190 Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the provision of a primary care health centre for the Knocknacarra area of Galway city which was listed as a priority over four years ago; if a site has been identified for said centre; when the necessary planning permission will be sought in order that the proposed centre may proceed; if the centre will be delivered as a priority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23186/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.