Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (272)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

272. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the outsourcing contracts in place regarding hospitals (details supplied). [40844/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Last year, the HSE published the Scoliosis Waiting List Update and Service Development Plan, which addressed treatment of children requiring corrective surgery for Scoliosis.

The approach set out in the Plan included insourcing of surgical procedures in the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) and the broader public hospital sector, as well as outsourcing  initiatives, including private providers nationally and abroad. As part of the outsourcing initiative in 2017, two hospitals in the UK and two in Europe were engaged to undertake spinal fusion surgery.

In relation to outsourcing contracts in place at CHG, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.