Written answers

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

10:00 pm

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent)
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Question 474: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide this Deputy with a copy of the report that indicates the mortality rate at Roscommon hospital for heart attack victims is significantly higher than in University College Hospital Galway; the number of patients involved; the source of the information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20738/11]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The Office of the Chief Medical Officer is undertaking an analysis of a number of key quality indicators, including 30 day in-hospital mortality following heart attack (an OECD health care quality indicator), using routinely collected data from the Hospital Inpatient Enquiry system (HIPE). The aim of the analysis is to help in monitoring quality of care and measuring health service performance. The analysis examines routinely collected data derived from HIPE over a 3-5 year period 2006-2010.

Currently those conducting the analysis are in the process of engaging stakeholders, experts in the relevant clinical areas and experts in health information. This process will inform the interpretation of the data and their usefulness in monitoring the performance of the Irish health service.

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