Dáil Éireann - Volume 598 - 22 February, 2005

Written Answers. - Ambulance Service.

  91. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the cost per return journey of a privately hired ambulance from Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan to Dublin and other external hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5671/05]

  92. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the likely timeframe for the remaining stages of the construction of a new ambulance base in Monaghan town, currently at design stage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5672/05]

  93. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the cost per return journey of a privately hired ambulance from the Louth Hospital, Dundalk to Dublin and other external hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5673/05]

  94. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the cost per return journey of a privately hired ambulance from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to Dublin and other external hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5674/05]

  95. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the cost per return journey of a privately hired ambulance from Monaghan General Hospital to Dublin and other external hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5675/05]

  96. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the cost per return journey of a privately hired ambulance from Cavan General Hospital to Dublin and other external hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5676/05]

  97. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the expenditure on privately hired ambulance journeys between County Louth and Dublin and other external hospitals in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5677/05]

  98. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the expenditure on privately hired ambulance journeys between the North Eastern Health Board area and Dublin and other external hospitals in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5678/05]

  99. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the expenditure on privately hired ambulance journeys between County Cavan and Dublin and other external hospitals in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5679/05]

  100. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the expenditure on privately hired ambulance journeys between [373] County Monaghan and Dublin and other external hospitals in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5680/05]

  101. Mr. Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the expenditure on privately hired ambulance journeys between County Meath and Dublin and other external hospitals in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5681/05]

  Ms Harney:I propose to take Questions Nos. 91 to 101, inclusive, together.

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for the provision of ambulance services. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief officer for the executive’s north eastern area to investigate the matters raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.