Written answers

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Department of Health and Children

Care of the Elderly

9:00 pm

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 177: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the reason for the delay in getting storage heaters connected to the ESB for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [28405/07]

Photo of Máire HoctorMáire Hoctor (Minister of State, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State with special responsibility for Older People, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Tipperary North, Fianna Fail)
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Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive (HSE) under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. The HSE's responsibility includes the operation of the Housing Aid Scheme for the Elderly, on behalf of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular case raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

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