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Congenital heart disease study due

06 Jan 2014

Edwin Poots, NI Health Minister

By Gary Culliton.


A team of three international clinicians will carry out an independent assessment of current and future needs for cardiology and cardiac surgery for congenital heart disease in relation to children and adults on the island of Ireland.


The assessment team will describe the existing hospital services in Ireland and Northern Ireland, outline options for service configuration and governance arrangements and report to Health Ministers Edwin Poots and Dr James Reilly, jointly, recommending the most appropriate model that meets the population health needs and other requirements of both jurisdictions.

It is due to start in January 2014 and be completed in six months. The Ministers will then decide on the optimal service provision, which it is intended will be implemented for these services as soon as possible.

Minister Poots said: “I believe that the assessment by this external team of experts will bring international best practice and fresh thinking to bear on this challenging issue.”

6 January 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times