Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (190)

Pat Deering


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.