Dáil Éireann - Volume 548 - 07 February, 2002

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

  107. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children if out-patient physiotherapy services have been provided for the people of Belmullet and the surrounding area in County Mayo. [4015/02]

  Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The provision of physiotherapy services to meet the needs of local communities within its functional area is a matter for the relevant health board or the Eastern Regional Health Authority. In the case of Belmullet and the surrounding area in County Mayo, this responsibility rests with the Western Health Board.

  I have been advised by that board that on 7 January 2002, a chartered physiotherapist, employed in Belmullet District Hospital, commenced an out-patient service for consultant referrals to the people of Belmullet and the surrounding area. I have been further advised that medical card holders referred by their GP are eligible for out-patient services through the GP physiotherapy scheme in Mayo General Hospital.