Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 29 April, 2008

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a project (details supplied). [16480/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Beaumont Hospital operates as a regional centre in providing services to adults with cystic fibrosis. In the 2008 Budget, a special allocation of €2.5m was provided to enable the hospital to provide out patient facilities for cystic fibrosis patients. The HSE advises that patients with cystic fibrosis will also benefit from additional single room capacity in the new medical admissions unit at the hospital which is due to open in December.

My Department has asked the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to revert directly to the Deputy on the progress to date in advancing the project.

Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the fact that it is the intention of the Health Service Executive to close the pre-discharge unit at Kilcreene Hospital, Kilkenny for the months of June, July and August 2008; if she will take steps to reverse this decision on a facility which has been acclaimed as one of the best in the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16488/08]

  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.