Dáil Éireann - Volume 625 - 10 October, 2006

Written Answers. - National Drugs Strategy.

Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of requests for access to drug treatment programmes currently before her Department; the average waiting time taken to accommodate such requests; when she expects to be able to meet in full such requirements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31952/06]

  Ms Harney: The question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Mr. English asked the Minister for Health and Children if she is satisfied with the extent of after care and out of hour services available to drug misusers, particularly in the north east; if she will provide details of such services as available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31213/06]

  Ms Harney: The question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will evaluate the operation of the needle exchange programme, highlighting the number of areas which are taking up the programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31192/06]

  Ms Harney: The question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service [260] Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Health and Children if, in view of the recommendations of the mid-term review of the national drugs strategy and its proposal to expand the provision of needle exchange and related harm reduction services in order to ensure wider geographic availability and availability at evenings and weekends, concentrating at first on areas of highest need, she will make a statement on the progress which has been made on meeting this recommendation. [31191/06]

  Ms Harney: The question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.