Written answers

Tuesday, 17 May 2005

Department of Health and Children

Health Service Staff

9:00 pm

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Leader of the Opposition; Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 133: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the extent of staffing levels and grades employed in the orthopaedic unit at Mayo General Hospital; her proposals for the future of the unit in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16381/05]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Progressive Democrats)
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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 orthopaedic services at Mayo General Hospital. My Department has requested the chief officer for the executive's western area to investigate the matter raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.


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