Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Department of Health

Accident and Emergency Departments

Photo of Michelle MulherinMichelle Mulherin (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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311. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the review of the emergency department undertaken at Mayo General Hospital; when the recommendations will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1857/16]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I convened the ED Taskforce in December 2014 to provide focus and momentum in dealing with the challenges presented by ED overcrowding. Last April, the HSE published the ED Taskforce Action Plan, with a range of time-defined actions to: (i) optimise existing hospital and community capacity; (ii) develop internal capability and process improvement and (iii) improve leadership, governance, planning and oversight. Significant progress has been made to date on implementing the ED Taskforce Plan. The ED Taskforce Implementation Group has been overseeing implementation of hospitals’ winter resilience plans in order to ensure that an integrated approach is adopted by Hospital Groups, with Community Healthcare Organisations, to managing winter pressures. During this peak period, my Department is engaging in a weekly meeting/teleconference with the HSE to oversee ED challenges.

With regard to the specific issue raised by the Deputy, this is a matter for the Health Service Executive; therefore I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.

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