Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (190)

Pat Deering

Question:

190. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health if he will consider providing defibrillators in public places for use by the public in emergency cases (details supplied). [42630/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Second Stage of the Public Access to Defibrillators Bill, which sets out the requirement to provide defibrillators in a range of settings and for events which have a regular attendance in excess of 100 persons per day, was passed in the Seanad in June 2013. The Minister has requested the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to undertake a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on the practical elements of the introduction of a public access defibrillation programme and Department of Health officials have met with HIQA to discuss the procedures around a HTA.

The Health Technology Assessment has now commenced and will be concluded in 2014.