Thursday, 17 October 2019

Questions (222)

Alan Kelly

Question:

222. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a copy of letters and-or emails from a person (details supplied) to the HSE on 1 April 2019. [42776/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The following is the information that relates to the matters referred to by the Deputy.

The officer in question works in my Department's Acute Hospital Division, the division with responsibility for maternity services. In that context, two electronic correspondences were issued by the officer to the HSE on April 1st, 2019 as follows;

- An email was issued, replying to the HSE’s National Women & Infants Health Programme, requesting further information on the implementation of termination of pregnancy services in a number of acute hospitals. Clarification was sought in relation to the timelines for the roll out of termination services and more detail was requested in relation to the potential challenges arising. Advice was also provided in relation to a funding requirement identified for supports from the Institue of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

- A second email was issued to HSE Estates acknowledging a request for a meeting and questioning whether further legal advice had been received from the HSE legal advisers in the context of the National Maternity Hospital relocation project. The correspondence is part of the ongoing engagement between my Department and the HSE in relation to the development of the legal framework to protect the State’s investment in the new hospital.

Question No. 223 answered with Question No. 214.