Dáil Éireann - Volume 649 - 04 March, 2008

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of hospitals here equipped with CT scanners; the reason a hospital is not provided with a CT scanner; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8877/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall Vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of journeys made by ambulance from Ennis General Hospital to Limerick Regional Hospital for CT scans in the years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007; the average cost of such a trip; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8878/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall Vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.