Dáil Éireann - Volume 500 - 09 February, 1999

Written Answers - Drug Treatment Services.

215. Mr. P. Carey asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has carried out an assessment and evaluation of the La Patriarche drug treatment system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3430/99]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Cowen): My Department's inquiries into the La Patriarche drug treatment services are continuing. It is expected that conclusions about the organisation will be reached soon in consultations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and certain health boards. I am aware that a number of drug misusers are currently in treatment with that organisation and that there appears to be a high degree of satisfaction with their progress. This is a factor which obviously has to be taken into account in any evaluation of the La Patriarche organisation.