Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Department of Health

Hospital Procedures

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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353. To ask the Minister for Health the number of occurrences where foreign bodies were left in a patient's body following surgery in Our Lady’s Children's Hospital in Crumlin, County Dublin in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2112/16]

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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355. To ask the Minister for Health the number of times a guide wire was left in a patient's body following surgery between 2010 and 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2114/16]

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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356. To ask the Minister for Health the steps Our Lady’s Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin 12 took to address occurrences where foreign bodies were left in a patient's body following surgery in the hospital, in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2115/16]

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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357. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in producing a report indicating why a guide wire was left in a patient's body in Our Lady’s Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2116/16]

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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358. To ask the Minister for Health his views on a guide wire having been left in a patient's body following surgery in 2015; why this occurred, given a similar event was reported in 2014; why procedures were not in place to ensure this did not reoccur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2117/16]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 and 355 to 358, inclusive, together.

In relation to your queries in these matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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354. To ask the Minister for Health the number of occurrences where foreign bodies were left in a patient's body in children's hospitals in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2113/16]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.

Photo of Joe CostelloJoe Costello (Dublin Central, Labour)
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359. To ask the Minister for Health what measures hospitals take to ensure that foreign matter is not left in a patient’s body following surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2118/16]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.

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