Dáil Éireann - Volume 595 - 15 December, 2004

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Charges.

  120. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are in private or public nursing homes in each county, who have been paying hospital charges to date and who, in view of the recent announcement by her, will now be entitled to a refund and hospitalisation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33692/04]

  121. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are in private or public nursing homes in County Kilkenny who have been paying hospital charges to date and who, in view of her recent announcement, will now be entitled to hospitalisation. [33693/04]

  122. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of old age pension patients from County Wexford who have been charged in public or private nursing homes and who, in view of the recent announcement by her, will now be entitled to free hospital care. [33694/04]

  126. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are in private or public nursing homes in Wexford, who have been paying hospital charges to date and who, in view of the recent announcement by her, will be entitled to free hospitalisation. [33698/04]

  127. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are in private or public nursing homes in each county, who have been paying hospital charges to date and who, in view of the recent announcement of her, will be entitled to free hospitalisation. [33699/04]

  Ms Harney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 to 122, inclusive, 126 and 127 together.

This information must be obtained from the relevant health board-authority. Therefore, my Department has asked the chief executive officer of each health board-authority to examine this matter and reply directly to the Deputy.

  123. Mr. P. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are in private or public nursing homes in County Westmeath who have been paying hospital charges to date and who, in view of the recent announcement by her, will now be entitled to free hospitalisation. [33695/04]

  Ms Harney: This information must be obtained from the relevant health board-authority. There[815] fore, my Department has asked the chief executive officer of the Midland Health Board to examine this matter and reply directly to the Deputy.

  124. Mr. P. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are currently hospitalised in publicly funded nursing homes and hospitals in County Westmeath; the number in each institution; and the number of publicly funded beds for nursing homes in the county. [33696/04]

  Ms Harney: The provision of health services in County Westmeath is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the Midland Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive of the board to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply direct to him as a matter of urgency.

  125. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are currently hospitalised in publicly funded nursing homes and hospitals in County Wexford; the number in each institution; and the number of publicly funded beds for nursing homes in the county. [33697/04]

  Ms Harney: The provision of health services in County Wexford is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive of the board to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply direct to him as a matter of urgency.

Questions Nos. 126 and 127 answered with Question No. 120.

  128. Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of medical card holders who are currently hospitalised in publicly funded nursing homes and hospitals in each county; the number in each institution; and the number of publicly funded beds for nursing homes in each county. [33700/04]

  Ms Harney: The provision of health services in each county is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officers of the authority and the health boards to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply direct to him as a matter of urgency.