Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Kildare Medical Cards.

Wednesday, 14 February 1962

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 193 No. 1

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Mr. Crinion: Information on Brendan Crinion  Zoom on Brendan Crinion  asked the Minister for Health (1) how many medical cards are current in the Kildare constituency, distinguishing between (a) County Kildare, (b) the Meath section of the constituency and (c) the Westmeath section; (2) how many were withdrawn in 1961; and (3) how many were reissued on representation being made.

Mr. MacEntee: Information on Seán MacEntee  Zoom on Seán MacEntee  As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, a Cheann Comhairle, with your permission, to circulate it with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

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Area Number of medical cards current at the 31st December, 1961 Number of persons, including dependants, covered by cards at Col. (2) Number of medical cards withdrawn in 1961 Number of persons, including dependants, covered by cards at Col. (4) Number of medical cards re-issued following represen- tations Number of persons, including dependants, covered by cards at Col. (6)
County Kildare 6,347 22,193 149 491 16 93
County Westmeath section of constituency 606 2,235 169 625 25 92
*County Meath section of constituency 625 1,647 20 45 Nil Nil

*The County Meath section of the constituency consists of the Dispensary Districts of Ballyboggan and Innfield and portions of the Dispensary Districts of Athboy, Summerhill, and Dunboyne. The particulars given are for the area comprising the five dispensary districts as the information is not available in respect of the exact section of the constituency.

A revision of the general medical services register in County Westmeath was carried ou in 1961; this was the first revision since 1957 and accounts for the proportionately large number of medical cards withdrawn.

Of the 20 cards withdrawn in the Meath section of the constituency, 16 were accounted for by deaths and departures from the area of the card holders, and 4 by improved circumstances.

Of the 169 cards withdrawn in the Westmeath section of the constituency 67 were due to deaths and departures and 102 to altered circumstances.


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