Written Answers. - Medical Malpractice Insurance.

Alan M. Dukes

Question:

87 Mr. Dukes asked the Minister for Health and Children the plans, if any, he has to publish the report prepared for his Department on medical malpractice insurance; and the legislative action, if any, he proposes in this area. [1052/99]

Alan Shatter

Question:

612 Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Health and Children the plans, if any, he has to publish the report prepared for his Department on medical malpractice insurance; and the legislative action, if any, he proposes in this area. [1994/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 612 together.

Given the confidential nature of the report on medical indemnity prepared by Mercer Ltd. for my Department I do not consider that it would be appropriate to publish it. The Department is considering its findings and any legislation which may be required will be brought forward at the appropriate time.