Written Answers. - Surgical Procedures Investigations.

Liz McManus

Question:

137 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has received a report from the North-Eastern Health Board on the outcome of the investigation commissioned from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that a number of caesarean hysterectomies had been carried out unnecessarily by a consultant in the area; if so, the outcome of this investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1847/99]

The matter referred to by the Deputy is being investigated by an expert group nominated by the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, at the instigation of the North-Eastern Health Board. I understand that the expert group's report is expected in a few months. I must emphasise that this is an issue for the North-Eastern Health Board and it would be inappropriate for me to intervene, or to comment on an investigation that is still proceeding.