The consultation process to consider the future service model for children in Northern Ireland who require heart surgery and other specialist interventional aspects of cardiac care will draw to a close at 5pm on Friday 21st December.
The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has urged everyone with an interest in the future of children’s cardiac surgery to ensure they have their say before the consultation period ends. A Working Group has been established to take forward the consultation process.
Five public meetings have been held across Northern Ireland in Enniskillen, Ballymena, L’Derry, Belfast and Craigavon in November and December. In additional there have been a number of focus groups.
HSCB Director of Commissioning and Chair of the Working Group, Mr Dean Sullivan, thanked everyone who had responded to the consultation process to date.
Mr Sullivan said: “The consultation process is very important in ensuring the views of the public and stakeholders are heard. I would strongly encourage anyone who has not yet responded to the consultation to make a contribution. The Health and Social Care Board is committed to securing future arrangements that provide a high quality, safe, sustainable, accessible and timely service for children from Northern Ireland.”
The consultation document and response form can be accessed on the Board’s website.
Responses should be returned by email to PCCSConsultation@hscni.net or in written form to:-
Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Services Consultation
Health and Social Care Board
12-22 Linenhall St
Belfast BT2 8BS
Following the end of the consultation period, the Working Group will develop a post-consultation document, incorporating an analysis of responses for consideration by the Minister. The Minister is expected to make a decision on the future model for provision of paediatric cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology for the population of Northern Ireland in early 2013.