Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Ceisteanna (34, 35)

Kathleen Lynch

Ceist:

148 Ms Lynch asked the Minister for Health and Children when he expects to receive the report of the independent review into the circumstances of the death of a person (details supplied) on 1 July 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1898/04]

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Dan Neville

Ceist:

211 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Health and Children when he expects to receive the report of the independent review into the circumstances of death of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2036/04]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 211 together.

On 23 July last, I announced that I had convened a review panel to conduct an independent review of the events surrounding the tragic death of the person concerned. The members of the panel are: Mr. David Hanly, management consultant, Ms Kay O'Sullivan, director of nursing at Cork University Hospital, and Dr. Shakeel A. Qureshi, paediatric cardiologist at Guy's and Thomas's Hospital, London.

The terms of reference of the panel are to consider the report of the ERHA in relation to the events of 30 June 2003 at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin, and to make such further enquiries and conduct such interviews as the panel considers necessary; address the questions raised by the family; examine protocols and procedures relevant to this incident having regard to prevailing standards of best practice and to examine their application in this case; and report to the Minister and to make such recommendations as it sees fit. Following the review, both reports will be made available. The work of the review panel is ongoing and I am not in a position to say, at this stage, when the report will become available.