Tuesday, 22 June 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
211. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has issued instructions to or received communications from the Eastern Regional Health Authority in regard to the opening of all the facilities at Naas General Hospital; the number of beds and wards, theatres or other facilities decommissioned; his plans to ensure the provision of a full range of services at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18647/04]
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Responsibility for the provision of services at Naas General Hospital rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has received a request from the authority for additional revenue funding to complete the commissioning of additional services at the hospital. This request is being considered. My Department has asked the regional chief executive of the authority to reply directly to the Deputy on the other issues raised.
212. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has received full information regarding proposals to discontinue the respiratory and tuberculosis unit at Peamount Hospital, Newcastle, County Dublin; if his attention has been drawn to the negative impact such a step is likely to have on the immediate and wider catchment area; if he has examined the implications whereby patients suffering from acute forms of tuberculosis or respiratory illnesses may in future be referred to other general hospitals thereby causing a possible risk of infection for other patients; if he has investigated the circumstances surrounding the refusal of admission to such a patient and subsequent re-admission; if he will personally intervene to ensure the continuation of the services currently provided to tuberculosis and respiratory patients at the hospital in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18648/04]
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Responsibility for the provision of services at Peamount Hospital rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore, asked the regional chief executive of the authority to examine the matters raised by the Deputy and to respond to him directly.
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