Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (117)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

204 Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has had contacts with regard to reports of discussions in respect of a merger between Tallaght Hospital and St. James’s Hospital; if his attention has been drawn to reports of concerns of staff representatives in the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6318/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Officials of my Department have received a preliminary briefing on discussions which are ongoing between representatives of the hospitals mentioned by the Deputy and the Faculty of Health Sciences at TCD in regard to future governance arrangements. I would anticipate that any concerns raised by staff will be taken into account in the formulation of any proposals for change.