Dáil Éireann - Volume 537 - 12 June, 2001

Written Answers. - Tinnitus Incidence.

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]

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.