Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Department of Health
Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.
151. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that diagnostic services for testicles is not available in County Galway; the steps will he take to rectify this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48563/21]
We are advised by University Hospital Galway (UHG) that ultrasounds for the diagnosis of testicular cancer are carried out in UHG/Merlin Park. They advise that a total of 163 testes ultrasounds were carried out in the past 3 months. Additionally, hospital and GP patients may be referred to Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, and some GP patients are also referred to private providers for ultrasound scans.