Dáil Éireann - Volume 537 - 29 May, 2001
Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.
Mr. Finucane Mr. Finucane
247. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will institute an investigation into the Mid-Western Health Board as to the reason a person (details supplied) in County Limerick has been told it will be two years before he receives an appointment for the urology department in the Regional Hospital, Limerick; and his views on whether it is justified to impose the wait for an outpatient appointment due to current service limitations at the hospital. [15876/01]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The provision of medical services in this instance is the statutory responsibility of the Mid-Western Health Board. My Department has asked the  chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in relation to this case and to reply to the Deputy directly. The scheduling of admissions is a matter for the consultant concerned and is determined solely on the basis of medical priority. Should the person feel that his condition has deteriorated he should consult his general practitioner, who would be in the best position to emphasise the urgency of his case to the consultant directly.
Dáil Éireann 537 Written Answers. Hospital Waiting Lists.