Thursday, 17 February 2005
Department of Health and Children
Question 44: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the dates on which a week-long cancellation of elective surgery took place within the past six months at Cork University Hospital; the date on which she visited this hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5418/05]
The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for the provision of services at Cork University Hospital. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief officer for the executive's southern area to investigate the matter raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.
I visited Cork University Hospital on 20 January 2005 to view for myself the facilities available there.