Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Department of Health and Children

Health Services

2:00 pm

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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Question 47: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of children and adults assessed as requiring occupational therapy and who are awaiting the provision of same in the Kildare and west Wicklow and the average waiting time for the commencement of treatment. [4426/11]

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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Question 49: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children her plans to reduce the waiting times for assessment of children for occupational therapy in Kildare and west Wicklow which at present stands at one year. [4428/11]

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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Question 50: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of speech and language therapists employed in the speech and language therapist service in Kildare and west Wicklow and the number that would be required to meet the demand of the service in view of the fact that on the 30 June 2010 there were over 2,000 children awaiting either therapy or assessment. [4429/11]

Photo of John MoloneyJohn Moloney (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Minister of State, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 47, 49 and 50 together.

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have referred these questions to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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Question 48: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of occupational therapist employed in the occupational therapy service in Kildare and west Wicklow and the number that would actually be required to deal with the workload in the area. [4427/11]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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Question 51: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the steps she will take with the Health Service Executive to establish the reason there is an 18 month waiting time for an eye test for children at Naas health centre County Kildare. [4430/11]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

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