Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Questions (161)

Carol Nolan


161. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if an independent external facilitator to engage in a consultative process in respect of Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, has been appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46765/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As I have outlined previously, no decision has been made yet on the draft Action Plan for Portlaoise Hospital. I committed to ensuring that local clinicians and the community would be consulted with before a decision is made. The appointment of an independent external facilitator for the consultation process is being progressed.  The outcome of the consultation process will be a submission from my Department, setting out the key findings from the consultation process and recommended response to inform me in making a final decision on the draft Action Plan.