Thursday, 26 September 2019

Ceisteanna (129)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

129. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the status of the external investigation into the NMBI; the terms of reference of the investigation; the person or organisation undertaking the investigation; the timeframe for delivery of the external review; the anticipated cost of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39136/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

There is currently no external investigation underway into the NMBI. The Deputy may be referring to an independent investigation arising from a particular Protected Disclosure received by my Department in relation to the NMBI.

Given the fact that this is an ongoing case and that it relates to a Protected Disclosure, I am constrained in what I can say. However, following a tender competition, an external company has been engaged to conduct an investigation. The terms of reference have been agreed with the discloser.

Given the complex nature of this matter, and the need to conduct a full and comprehensive examination of the issues raised, it would be difficult at this time to give a definitive time frame for completion of this investigation.