Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Independent)
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To ask the Minister for Health the number of specific stroke units within the health system; the incidence of stroke; the number of rehabilitative consultants employed here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57586/12]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The HSE National Clinical Care Programmes provide a national, strategic and co-ordinated approach to a wide range of clinical services. They have three main objectives – to improve the quality of care, to improve access and to improve cost-effectiveness. The primary aim is to modernise the way hospital services are provided across a wide range of clinical areas. This is being done through standardising access to and delivery of high quality, safe and efficient hospital services, and maximising linkages to primary care and other community services. Currently there are a number of Clinical Care Programmes in different stages of development/implementation including a Stroke Programme.

In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.


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