Dáil Éireann - Volume 571 - 30 September, 2003

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

  905. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Western Health Board will assess the living conditions of persons (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if it will state the way in which they can be helped. [20264/03]

  Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. Callely): As the Deputy will be aware, the responsibility for the provision of health services in County Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply direct to him as a matter of urgency.

  906. Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person with a fractured neck who was transferred from Innisboffin Island to Mayo General Hospital was not transferred to the orthopaedic unit in Merlin Park Hospital in the first instance as planned; the reason there was an initial refusal of a bed in the orthopaedic unit at Merlin Park, Galway; his views on whether the drawing up of a protocol would prevent similar occurrences in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20285/03]

  Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The provision of hospital services for persons resident in County Mayo is a matter for the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position and to reply directly to the Deputy.