Dáil Éireann - Volume 640 - 01 November, 2007
Written Answers. - Health Services.
Deputy James Bannon Deputy James Bannon
Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a general practitioner (details supplied) in County Longford has been forced to endure years working in inadequate premises, in terms of space, access and parking despite repeated requests to the Health Service Executive; if, in view of the fact that they have acquired new premises at considerable cost, the HSE will assist them in furnishing, equipment and other related expenses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26706/07]
Deputy Mary Harney Deputy Mary Harney
Deputy Mary Harney: The Health Service Executive (HSE) has the responsibility for the appointment of General Practitioners (GPs) to provide services under the GMS Scheme. GPs, as self-employed professionals, are generally responsible for the provision of their own practice accommodation. In some circumstances, as local factors may determine, it may be considered appropriate  for contracted GPs to provide some or all of their services from HSE owned premises.
As the Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the HSE under the Health Act 2004, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to address this matter and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.
Dáil Éireann 640 Written Answers. Health Services.