Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (136)

Gerry Adams

Ceist:

136. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 322 of 23 January 2018, when Louth County Hospital will begin seeing patients over five years of age at the minor injuries unit; if additional staff have been recruited to facilitate same; if there will be appropriate advertising to notify persons of such changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21533/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

RCSI Hospitals had originally estimated that by Q1 2018 paediatric patients over the age of five would be treated in Louth County Hospital’s minor injury unit, if they met the criteria of a minor injury. However, the RCSI has advised that due to unanticipated resignations, it has delayed the agreed start time. The RCSI has further advised that while the Louth Hospitals continue to endeavour to recruit the compliment of staff that is required to establish a safe level of service, they are not in a position to provide an updated time frame at this time.

In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.