Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children
Acute Hospital Services: Discussion
Perhaps Mr. O'Dwyer will clarify something. Can I take it from what he said that strategic planning for the region either has started or is about to start? He said he would have to report to the Minister in the first or second quarter. He also said there would be consultation in that regard. The HSE and the Department of Health have not had a good track record on consultation. Are there proposals in place for a consultation and what stakeholders will be consulted? I certainly hope it will not be like the consultations in the past, where the decisions were made and, effectively, people were only consulted after the horse had bolted. Perhaps he would give us clarification on that process.