asked the Minister for Health the number of persons awaiting neuro-surgery in each of the health board hospitals; and the average waiting period for such surgery in each health board area.
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon):
There are three centres in the State where neuro-surgery is carried out. These are: Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin; and Cork Regional Hospital. Information on the number of persons awaiting such surgery and the average waiting times is given in the following table.
||Number of Persons on Waiting List
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 These figures include patients for investigation and, if necessary, treatment.
Arrangements for the transfer of neuro-surgical services from St. Vincent's Hospital to Beaumont Hospital are at an advanced stage.