Dáil Éireann - Volume 649 - 11 March, 2008

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the fact that patients in County Donegal are forced to travel to Omagh to receive dialysis as Letterkenny General Hospital is not able to cope with the demand for this service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10175/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: The responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 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 Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if the dialysis service for Donegal patients in the new purpose-built dialysis unit in Derrybeg, County Donegal, will be provided by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10176/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: The responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 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.