Dáil Éireann - Volume 662 - 30 September, 2008
Written Answers. - Health Service Reform.
Deputy Jan O’Sullivan Deputy Jan O’Sullivan
Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Teamwork report on the reorganisation of health services in the mid-west has been brought to the board of the Health Service Executive; when it will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32225/08]
Deputy Mary Harney Deputy Mary Harney
Deputy Mary Harney: The Health Service Executive commissioned Horwath Consultants in association with Teamwork Management Services in February 2007 to examine the arrangements for the provision of acute hospital services in the Mid West with a view to identifying the best configuration of such services in the region including arrangements for A&E, critical care, acute medicine and surgery, together with diagnostic services so that the highest quality of care can be delivered to the population of the region.
The work of the consultants will act as one of the inputs to decisions on how best to reconfigure acute services in the Mid West region. The Government and the Executive are committed to ensuring that the approach to re-organisation of services is carried out in consultation with the key stakeholders and that each element is progressed incrementally. I believe that it is important to work with health professionals and other interested parties to secure an increasing set of improvements over time. This approach will, I am confident, produce the best outcome for patients. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the specific information sought forwarded directly to the Deputy.
Question No. 287 answered with Question No. 183.
Dáil Éireann 662 Written Answers. Health Service Reform.