Dáil Éireann - Volume 601 - 21 April, 2005
Written Answers. - Hospital Services.
Mr. O’Shea Mr. O’Shea
 61. Mr. O’Shea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the discussions she has had with the promoters of a private hospital in Waterford in the matter of the provision of radiation therapy for public patients; the agreements which have been reached; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12602/05]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
Ms Harney: As the Deputy is aware, I had a meeting in February with representatives of the University of Pittsburgh cancer institute and Eurocare International at which they outlined their plans to provide acute hospital services, including radiotherapy, at a private clinic in Waterford. It was not the purpose of the meeting to reach any agreement on these proposals. The question of the referral of public patients to such facilities would be a matter for the Health Service Executive.
A national radiation oncology co-ordinating group has been established. The group comprises clinical, technical, managerial, academic and nursing experts from different geographic regions. The group’s remit encompasses recommending measures to facilitate improved access to existing and planned services including transport and accommodation. The group will also advise on quality assurance protocols and guidelines for the referral of public patients to private facilities.
Dáil Éireann 601 Written Answers. Hospital Services.