Dáil Éireann - Volume 435 - 09 November, 1993

Ceisteanna — Questions Written Answers. - Dental and Orthodontic Services.

95. Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Health the additional funds he has made available to the eight health boards to address the waiting lists for dental and orthodontic dental treatment; if he will give a breakdown of the waiting lists; the actual impact the additional funding has made on the waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Mr. Howlin): Under the Programme for Government I have provided an extra £2 million to health boards and health agencies in 1993 for the development of their dental and orthodontic services.

The maintenance of waiting lists for dental and orthodontic treatment is a matter for the health boards and I have referred this matter to chief executive officers of the health boards for their immediate attention and direct reply to the Deputy.