Dáil Éireann - Volume 668 - 19 November, 2008

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health and Children when the recompression chamber at University College Hospital Galway will re-open; the staffing plans and hours of operation for this unit; and the advice her Department is giving to divers in the event of an emergency in view of the fact that there is currently no recompression chamber available. [41684/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Operational 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 matter 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.