Dáil Éireann - Volume 581 - 09 March, 2004
Written Answers - Hospital Services.
Mr. G. Mitchell Mr. G. Mitchell
303. Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of foreign births registered from Dublin maternity hospitals; the number in the case of each hospital; the percentage of the total this represents in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003; the cost to the Exchequer of such births; if Irish mothers are displaced as a result of these foreign births; if many of these births which are taking place involve mothers who have no connection with the country and come here only to have their babies with the suspicion that they are really seeking to secure citizenship rights for the child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7559/04]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Mr. Martin:Responsibility for the provision and funding of services for eligible patients at the Dublin maternity hospitals rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the regional chief executive of the authority to investigate the issues raised, and to reply directly to the Deputy.
Dáil Éireann 581 Written Answers Hospital Services.