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Written Answers. - General Medical Services Scheme.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 332. Mr. J. Higgins Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  the patient-GP ratio in the Mulhuddart-Tyrrellstown area, Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23328/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Responsibility for the provision of general practitioner services for medical card holders is a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health board, in this case, the Eastern Regional Health Authority.

Accordingly, my Department has referred the question to him for investigation and asked that he reply directly to the Deputy.

 333. Mr. J. Higgins Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  the exact status of the proposed Mulhuddart primary health care centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23329/02]

 334. Mr. J. Higgins Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  if the proposed Mulhuddart primary health care centre is included in his Department's plans for primary health care centres. [23330/02]

 335. Mr. J. Higgins Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  his Department's plans for interim primary health care services in the Mulhuddart area, Dublin 15, while the Mulhuddart health centre is being developed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23331/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin I propose to take Questions Nos. 333 to 335, inclusive, together.

The provision of health centres and the maintenance and upkeep of such centres, to meet the needs of local communities within its functional area, is a matter for the relevant health board or the Eastern Regional Health Authority in line with funding available under the national development plan. In the case of the health centre in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, this responsibility rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority.


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