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Written Answers. - Helicopter Emergency Service.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 187. Dr. Cowley Information on Jerry Cowley Zoom on Jerry Cowley  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  when the long-awaited report on the urgent need for an all-Ireland helicopter emergency medical service, commissioned by his Department and the Northern Ireland Health Department, is due to be published in view of the fact that it is long overdue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27011/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin My Department and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Belfast have commissioned a feasibility study and report on the costs and benefits associated with the introduction of a dedicated helicopter emergency medical service – HEMS – for the island of [1567]Ireland. Preparation of the report of the study is at an advanced stage and it is expected that it will be finalised early in the new year.

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