Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (342)

Alan Kelly


342. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health if a copy of all correspondence between his Department and the HSE regarding University Hospital Limerick since 1 January 2017 will be provided. [39403/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

University Hospital Limerick is a Model 4 hospital which provides a wide range of services within the UL Hospital Group. It would be expected that correspondence between the HSE and my Department in relation to this hospital would be extensive, reflecting ongoing engagement on a wide range of issues cutting across many Divisions in the Department including, for example, funding, service developments, delivery of services, staffing issues, health service reform matters and, in addition, engagement on representations and Parliamentary Questions received in my Department.

While the precise extent of correspondence between my Department and the HSE in relation to UHL is difficult to quantify precisely,  it can be anticipated that the volume would be significant. From a practical perspective, it would not be possible to arrange for the search, retrieval and compilation of the full extent of correspondence within the normal timeframe for response to Parliamentary Questions, nor to review the documents from the perspective of compliance with data protection principles.

I will be more than happy to respond to a request from the Deputy for specific information in relation to any particular matter relating to UHL.