178. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health to extend the opening hours and the age limits of patients treated in the minor injuries unit at Louth County Hospital in line with the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11076/16 asked on 19 May 2016 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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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800. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the status of funding for persons seeking certain operations in a private capacity such as that outlined in a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10182/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 1970, as amended, the HSE makes in-patient and out-patient services available to persons ordinarily resident in the State through a range of HSE and publicly funded acute hospitals. However, as the individuals concerned have sought to arrange services in a private capacity at a private medical clinic the Minister has no function in this matter under the legislation.
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139. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the number of patients treated in Louth County Hospital, Dundalk, County Louth in 2015; the services available in the hospital; his plans to increase the number of services available there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8811/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): 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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