Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Ceisteanna (442)

Tom Neville

Ceist:

442. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health the status of the independent review taking place in the emergency department, University Hospital Limerick. [26453/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) initiated an After-Action Review (AAR) of the Winter Planning Process in 2018/2019 with a view to identifying the specific factors that contributed to performance over the winter period.

Although nationally trolley numbers were lower over the winter period than the previous winter, attendances and admissions were higher. Consequently, the HSE has decided to extend the existing review of Winter 2018/2019 to include a review by an independent expert group. The group will carry out a comparative analysis of unscheduled care performance across the nine hospital sites and the relevant Community Healthcare Organisations that were the subject of specific focused support through Winter 2018/2019. This will include University Hospital Limerick as one of the nine focus sites.

The independent expert group includes external clinical and management expertise from NHS Scotland, and domain knowledge and data analysis and expertise from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. The HSE will provide facilitation and support to the review team.

The terms of reference and membership of the group have been agreed and preliminary performance data collection has been undertaken and shared with the independent members to enable early analysis in advance of potential site visits. The HSE advise that two meetings of the review group members have taken place to agree the overall requirements and work plan, with the next meeting planned for early July.