Dáil Éireann - Volume 561 - 11 February, 2003
Written Answers. - Health Advisory Group
Mr. Sherlock Mr. Sherlock
168. Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Health and Children the progress which has been made by the working group on the development of a no-fault compensation system for birth-damaged children; when he expects the group to report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3426/03]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The advisory group examining the feasibility of introducing a no-fault compensation scheme for brain damaged infants has met regularly since its establishment in July 2001. The group has conducted an extensive investigation of the clinical and legal issues involved in the handling of those cases. It has also examined existing levels of service provision for those affected by cerebral damage. The group has had a presentation made to it by parents of children affected by cerebral damage on the day-to-day implications of providing care for them at home. Most recently it has examined prevention strategies and the effect of reforms introduced in the United Kingdom on the handling of claims for compensation for injuries resulting from the provision of clinical care. I hope that the group will be in a position to present its final report in the middle of 2003.
Question No. 169 answered with Question No. 151.
Dáil Éireann 561 Written Answers. Health Advisory Group