Dáil Éireann - Volume 665 - 30 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a senior executive officer of the western hospital group did not reply to a letter of representation sent by e-mail almost two months ago, in view of the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is in severe pain; and when a full reply will issue. [37677/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: I have been informed by the Health Service Executive that a reply issued by e-mail to the Deputy on 24 October 2008.

Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 can expect to be called for an operation in view of the seriousness and urgency of this condition; and the reason for the delay. [37678/08]

  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 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.