Written answers

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Department of Health and Children

Health Services

9:00 pm

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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Question 161: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of community dieticians employed by the Health Service Executive in the Dublin area; the areas they are situated; and the criteria for an area to be granted access to the service. [12809/06]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Progressive Democrats)
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The Deputy's question relates to human resource management issues and 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 executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

The Department's health service personnel census shows a total of 326.86 dieticians nationally at end December 2005 compared with a total of 174.48 at the end of December 2000. This represents an increase of 151.38 or nearly 87%. Figures include both hospital and community based dieticians.

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 162: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the reason funding is not being provided to a hospital (details supplied) in County Mayo for the contracting of private beds in nursing homes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12810/06]

Photo of Seán PowerSeán Power (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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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 executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

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