Written Answers - Health Services.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 677 No. 5

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  120.  Deputy Denis Naughten  Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   further to Parliamentary Question No. 112 of 12 February 2009, when the person will receive a written response to the issues raised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10623/09]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The HSE has advised that a reply was issued directly to the Deputy on 9 March 2009.

  121.  Deputy Joe McHugh  Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if the Health Service Executive imposes a hidden tax on persons in Inishowen, County Donegal, by forcing them to travel to Galway rather than to Dublin for health services in view of the fact that Inishowen people are 80% more likely to have relatives in Leinster rather than in Connacht, according to ESRI research; if she will give Donegal patients the option of being treated in Dublin and facilitate this by providing an interface between computerised records in Letterkenny General Hospital and Dublin based hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10625/09]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

  122.  Deputy Joe McHugh  Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the reason the Health Service Executive computers in Letterkenny and Dublin do not interface in the same manner as Letterkenny and Galway computers (details supplied); if the provision of health care would be more economically delivered if the computers were compatible; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10626/09]

[136]Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Achieving increased interoperability of health care information support systems is essential to enhanced health care delivery and an objective to which the Health Service Executive is committed and will continue to pursue. The specific example raised is a service matter which has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.

  123.  Deputy Michael McGrath  Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of home care packages being provided in counties Cork and Kerry. [10641/09]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Deputy Máire Hoctor): Information on Máire Hoctor  Zoom on Máire Hoctor  As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.


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