Dáil Éireann - Volume 537 - 12 June, 2001
Written Answers. - Tinnitus Incidence.
Ms McManus Ms McManus
322. Ms McManus asked the Minister for Health and Children if his attention has been drawn to the serious problems being experienced by people who suffer from tinnitus; if he will support the campaign to provide tinnitus clinics in major hospitals staffed by appropriate medical staff; the plans he has in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16798/01]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The provision of hospital services to persons with tinnitus is a matter in the first instance for the health boards and the Eastern Regional Health Authority.
I am aware of concerns expressed by representatives of the Irish Tinnitus Association regarding the level of services available in major hospitals to tinnitus sufferers. In this regard, I am having inquiries made of the health boards and the ERHA in order to assess the current position.
I have also arranged for officials from my Department to meet with representatives of the association when the service position has been clarified.
Dáil Éireann 537 Written Answers. Tinnitus Incidence.