Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cashel (Tipperary) Hospital.

Wednesday, 18 May 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 342 No. 8

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Dr. McCarthy: Information on Seán McCarthy  Zoom on Seán McCarthy  asked the Minister for Health the number of patients on the waiting list from Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny for the orthopaedic clinic at Our Lady's Hospital, Cashel, County Tipperary.

Mr. B. Desmond: Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 18 and 19 together.

The information requested is contained in a tabular statement which I propose to have circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

County No. of Hip Joint replacement operations performed at Kil- creene Hospital in period 1 January 1983 - 22 April 1983 Average waiting period for Hip Joint Replacement Operations (months)
South Tipperary 7 17.1
Kilkenny 4 5.2
Wexford 14 8.8
Waterford 3 18.4
Carlow 4 6.8

As out-patient clinics at Our Lady's Hospital, Cashel, cater only for persons from South Tipperary, there are no patients from the other counties on the waiting list for the orthopaedic clinic at Cashel.

[1573]Dr. Ormonde: Information on Donal Ormonde  Zoom on Donal Ormonde  Is it not a fact that in relation to an orthopaedic surgeon for South Tipperary that this position——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am reluctant to cut in on the Deputy but we have been trying to establish a practice whereby we do not have supplementary questions on tabular statements.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  We have not.

Dr. Ormonde: Information on Donal Ormonde  Zoom on Donal Ormonde  This is the second time today a supplementary of mine was refused.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am sure that is just a coincidence. The Chair would prefer if Deputies did not try to put hypothetical questions.

Dr. Ormonde: Information on Donal Ormonde  Zoom on Donal Ormonde  This is not hypothetical. In 1980 Comhairle na nOispedeál sanctioned a fourth orthopaedic surgeon to represent the South Tipperary area. To date that surgeon has not been appointed.

[1574]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  That is a totally different question.

Mr. Lenihan: Information on Brian Lenihan Snr.  Zoom on Brian Lenihan Snr.  Dáil reform my foot.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The remaining Questions will appear on tomorrow's Order Paper.


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