Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 24 April, 2008
Written Answers. - Hospital Services.
Deputy Billy Timmins Deputy Billy Timmins
Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children the position of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow who is waiting for an operation for cataracts in Ardkeen Hospital, Waterford; if they will be seen as a matter of urgency as they cannot drive at the moment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15775/08]
Deputy Mary Harney Deputy Mary Harney
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 case 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. Patients waiting more than three months on a surgical waiting list may qualify for treatment under the National Treatment Purchase Fund. It is open to the person in question, or anyone acting on his behalf, to contact the Fund directly in relation to this case.
Dáil Éireann 653 Written Answers. Hospital Services.