Dáil Éireann - Volume 646 - 12 February, 2008

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Deputy Tom Sheahan asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of hospital bed nights taken up by people with alcohol related problems in Kerry General Hospital and in other hospitals where people from County Kerry are treated during 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5051/08]

Deputy Tom Sheahan asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of visits to the outpatients clinic at Kerry General Hospital by people with alcohol related problems during 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5052/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 and 245 together.

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 issues raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matters investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.