Thursday, 12 March 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
120. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children 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]
121. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children 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]
122. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children 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]
Minister for Health and Children (Deputy 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.
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