Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Tuesday, 22 March 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 599 No. 5

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  144.  Mr. Boyle  Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of licences existing that permit doctors or agencies to offer methadone treatment here, outlining the geographical spread and location of such licences. [9372/05]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. S. Power): Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for drug treatment services. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Health Service Executive to investigate the matter raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.

  145.  Mr. Boyle  Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   her views on whether access to methadone treatment in the southern region exists at the same level as in other parts of the country; and if additional resources will be made available to upgrade this service. [9373/05]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. S. Power): Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for drug treatment services. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief officer of the Health Service Executive southern area to investigate the matter raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.


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