Dáil Éireann - Volume 674 - 10 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Health Services.

Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will support a matter (details supplied). [4410/09]

  Deputy John Moloney: The support group 22q11 Ireland held their first conference at the Marino Institute of Education in September 2008.

I will arrange for the Department to issue an application for lottery funding to 22q11 Ireland. I cannot commit to the Department providing lottery funding to 22q11 Ireland in 2009. Lottery funding available to the Department in 2009 is limited and decisions in relation to the allocation of the funding will be made on the basis of priority.

Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will be made in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork who has applied for treatment under the treatment abroad scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4418/09]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services, including the treatment of patients under the Treatment Abroad scheme, is a matter for the Health Service Executive. 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 a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of patients waiting for dental services in the Sligo region; the action she or the Health Service Executive will take to deal with the ongoing retirement of dentists from the gms scheme; when she will engage with the dentists to solve this service problem; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4438/09]

  Deputy Mary Harney: The position regarding the number of patients waiting for dental services in the Sligo region is a matter for the HSE. Accordingly, 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.

With regard to the other questions raised by the Deputy, I met the Irish Dental Association on the 15th November last to discuss a range of issues including the terms of the Agreement that governs the Dental Treatment Services Scheme and the Government’s plans to amend the Competition Act 2002. I am keeping these matters under review.

Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children when funding will be provided to accommodate the placement of a person (details supplied) who is ready for dis[201] charge to a nursing home in their local area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4439/09]

  Deputy Mary Harney: As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.