Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
260. Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children if it is proposed to move the Health Service Executive ambulance control room from Castlebar, County Mayo to Ballyshannon, County Donegal; if there was a feasibility study conducted to establish the cost of such a move; the conditions that justify such a proposal; when the decision was made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43169/09]
Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): I believe it is important to ensure that all of our pre-hospital emergency services function as a high quality, integrated health service. The advice of the Health Information and Quality Authority on pre-hospital care issues will be a significant factor in determining how services should be organised so that clinical governance, patient safety and quality standards are met. As the specific question raised by the Deputy is a matter for the HSE, it has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.
261. Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children the cost of provision of the Castlebar ambulance control into St. Mary’s Hospital, Castlebar, County Mayo; if she is satisfied with the operation of the ambulance control room there; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43170/09]
262. Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will make a statement on an announcement by the Health Service Executive of an investigation into spending of the national ambulance service with specific reference to the pre-delivery inspections of German built ambulance by a company at a premises (details supplied); if the HSE was paying the rent on the building that the contractor in question was using. [43171/09]
264. Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children the cost of the Health Service Executive ambulance control centre at Castlebar, County Mayo; if she will confirm that the technology used is that of Camp West; the level of payment or contribution made by the HSE towards the operational cost of Camp West on a per annum basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43173/09]
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