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Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 366. Mr. Gormley Information on John Gormley Zoom on John Gormley  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  if he has ascertained the reason there is a discrepancy between a person (details supplied), a public health expert at the National Disease Surveillance Centre, and the Mid-Western Health Board's consultant pathologist (details supplied), on whether test results were ever received on blood, hair and urine samples given to the Mid-Western Health Board by persons (details supplied) in Askeaton between 1997 and 1998; if there were any test results from this family's samples returned; if so, the nature of the results revealed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23646/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin As the Deputy is aware, due to concerns raised by the family in question, the chief executive officer of the Mid-Western Health Board set up an internal inquiry into the issue of these missing blood samples. The report of the inquiry group concluded that a combination of errors, both human and of the system involved, had contributed to the problem. Since the matter raised by the Deputy is a matter for the Mid-Western Health Board my Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to reply to the Deputy.

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