Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Adjournment Matters. - Hospital Services.
Ivor Callely (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Dublin North Central, Fianna Fail)
I will not preside over unacceptable delays. A weekly multidisciplinary meeting commenced in June 2001 and is attended by all relevant members of the team. Financial approval has recently issued to the Mid-Western Health Board for the appointment of a general surgeon with a special interest in breast surgery. In addition, two breast-care nurses have been appointed to Limerick Regional hospital.
In relation to mammography services available to women in North Tipperary, the Mid-Western Health Board has informed me that patients are now being referred to the centre of excellence at Limerick Regional Hospital. Any woman, irrespective of her age or residence, who has immediate concerns or symptoms, should contact her general practitioner who, where appropriate, will refer her to the symptomatic service in her area for immediate attention.