Wednesday, 24 May 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
194. Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the estimated number of cases here of women suffering from osteitis pubis; the services available by way of support for such women; if there are consultants with a specialised knowledge of this condition; and if there is anybody within her Department or at Health Service Executive level available to advise women suffering from this condition on the support services available. [20046/06]
Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children (Ms Harney): Osteitis Pubis is an inflammatory condition often causing pain of the pubic bones of the pelvis. There are a number of causes which give rise to this condition, including sports related injury or overuse, pelvic trauma or surgery and other inflammatory joint conditions. In view of the varied causes of this condition, and that many mild cases go unreported, reliable data on its frequency are not available.
My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Health Service Executive to arrange to have the particular issues raised by the Deputy examined, and to have a reply issued directly to him.
195. Mr. Ardagh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if there is progress on the provision of occupational therapy services to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 following the matters outlined in correspondence attached. [20047/06]
Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children (Ms Harney): The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.
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