The Joint Committee on Health and Children will focus on cross-border co-operation on healthcare when it meets with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee on Health, Social Services and Public Service tomorrow, 1st March.
A full cross-party delegation with representatives from the DUP, UUP, Alliance, Sinn Féin, & SDLP will attend the meeting of the Committee on Health and Children at 11.30am tomorrow.
Among those attending the meeting from the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee on Health, Social Services and Public Service are: Sue Ramsey (Acting Chairperson, Sinn Féin), Jim Wells (Vice-Chair, DUP), Mickey Brady, John McCallister, Sam Gardiner, Mark Durkan, Kieran McCarthy.
The two Committees will discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including:
· Emergency planning/services.
· Cross border ambulance service co-operation
· The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care,
· Health promotion,
· Cross border paediatric congenital cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology in Northern Ireland,
· Suicide prevention,
· A feasibility study into the provision of cross-border out-of-hours primary care services,
· Food safety promotion.
Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said: “We are delighted that a full cross-party delegation from our counterpart committee in the Northern Ireland Assembly has agreed to attend tomorrow’s meeting. We are looking forward to an open, frank and comprehensive discussion on a wide range of health issues that affect constituents on both sides of the border. Cross-border co-operation on health issues has the potential to benefit people across the island and tomorrow’s meeting presents an opportunity to establish an on-going dialogue between both committees on important health matters.”
The meeting takes place tomorrow, Thursday, 1st March, 11.30am in Committee Room 2, LH 2000. Committee proceedings can be followed live at: http://bit.ly/24YmPI