Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (632)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

632. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health when he will publish the International Evidence Review on Independent Hospital Trusts undertaken by the Health Research Board at his Department's request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9612/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

A literature review of Independent Hospital Trusts was requested from the Health Research Board by my Department in 2012 to inform policy development. It formed part of a wider review of academic literature in the preparation of the forthcoming report on the establishment of hospital groups. It is being further considered by my Department as its findings are relevant to related policies such as the future development of Hospital Trusts and the role of regulation in the future health system. With regard to publication, the Deputy will be aware that it is regarded as best practice for academic articles and reviews to undergo peer review prior to publication. It is anticipated that the literature review of Independent Hospital Trusts will go through this process and will be published in due course.