Written Answers - Health Services

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 717 No. 3

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  210.  Deputy Jan O’Sullivan  Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   her plans to centralise the testing of laboratory samples within the health services; if so, the discussions that have taken place with stakeholders; the stage the process is at; have tenders been received; when will a decision be made on the delivery of the service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35417/10]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Approximately 77 million laboratory tests are undertaken annually across 44 public hospitals at an annual cost of approximately €470 million. In 2009 the HSE announced plans to modernise laboratory services and to achieve significant efficiencies in the configuration and operation of these services. My Department has asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy on the detailed operational matters that she has raised.


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