Dáil Éireann - Volume 423 - 14 October, 1992
Written Answers. - Orthopaedic Services Waiting Lists.
Mr. McCormack Mr. McCormack
86. Mr. McCormack asked the Minister for Health the measures, if any, he is taking to reduce the long and unsatisfactory waiting lists for both inpatient and outpatient orthopaedic services at Merlin Park Regional Hospital, Galway; if he will grant the necessary additional resources to alleviate the great suffering of these patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Connell) John F. O'Connell
Minister for Health (Dr. O'Connell): I am aware that difficulties have been caused by the death of an orthopaedic surgeon recently. The Western Health Board is endeavouring to recruit a replacement as quickly as possible. I also have under consideration a request for additional revenue and capital funding to allow commissioning of two new clean air theatres at Merlin Park Hospital for orthopaedic work. This request will be considered in the context of capital and revenue funds available in 1993.
Dáil Éireann 423 Written Answers. Orthopaedic Services Waiting Lists.