Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Tuesday, 6 November 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 543 No. 2

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  346.  Mr. Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the number of patients waiting for routine orthopaedic surgery at the South Infirmary Hospital in Cork; the longest and average waiting time for this surgery; the steps he is taking to improve the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26044/01]

  347.  Mr. Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Cork will have to wait to receive orthopaedic surgery at the South Infirmary Hospital in Cork; if he will put resources in place to ensure the earliest possible date for the operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26045/01]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  I propose to answer Questions Nos. 346 and 347 together.

I have had inquiries made with the chief executive officer at the South Infirmary Victoria Hospital regarding the case to which the Deputy is referring and have been advised that the hospital does not perform orthopaedic surgery on site. If the Deputy provides clarification regarding the case to which he is referring, I will be happy to make further inquiries on his behalf.

Question No. 348 answered with Question No. 333.

  349.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   when bypass surgery will be received by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [26047/01]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in relation to this case and reply to the Deputy directly.


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