Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 14 June, 2005

Written Answers. - Health Services.

  216. Mr. O’Shea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children when the sub-committee on radiotherapy will address the issue of designated transport with a view to providing the persons of the south east with adequate services in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19324/05]

  Ms Harney:As I previously indicated to the House, I consider that appropriate transport arrangements for patients requiring radiotherapy should be made available, where necessary, by the Health Service Executive. The national radiation oncology co-ordinating group provides advice to my Department and the HSE on radiotherapy, including patient transport arrangements. I understand that the group will shortly be writing to the HSE on this matter. My Department has asked the parliamentary affairs division of the HSE to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy in relation to the position in the south-eastern area.

  217. Mr. McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the fact that home care attendants in the south east are being informed by the Health Service Executive that they cannot work before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. due to insurance issues; if the funds have been made available by her Department to cover the cost of insurance; if persons’ hours will not be cut and if she will resolve the issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19332/05]

  Ms Harney:The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 within the resources at its disposal. Accordingly, my Department has requested the parliamentary affairs division of the HSE to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

  218. Mr. McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if she will ensure that there will be no cut in the hours allocated for the home care attendant in the case of [1643] a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19333/05]

  Mr. S. Power:The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the parliamentary affairs division of the HSE to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.