Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (221)

Michael Healy-Rae


221. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health his plans regarding making defibrillators more accessible to the public (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45278/13]

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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. Approval was granted for the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to undertake a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of a public access defibrillator programme for Ireland. This HTA, when completed, will determine the implementation of the defibrillator programme for Ireland.