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Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 179. Dr. Cowley Information on Jerry Cowley Zoom on Jerry Cowley  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  if the appointment of orthopaedic surgeons to the Mayo General Hospital will be affected by the embargo on public service recruitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26964/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin My Department has provided financial clearance to the Western Health Board for the appointment of three consultant orthopaedic surgeons at Mayo General Hospital. I understand that Comhairle na nOspidéal has approved the appointment of the consultants. My Department has advised the board of its authorised employment level for 2003. As provided in the letter of determination for 2003, it is a matter for the board to manage the provision of health services in the region, including orthopaedic services at Mayo General Hospital, within its approved employment complement for 2003.

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