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A meeting was held between HIQA executives and the Department in March to discuss the matter.
HIQA’s board met later that month, where it outlined concerns over the “genesis, nature and pace of the review”, according to minutes of the meeting.
The board discussed the paper forwarded to the Department in advance of their meeting, and noted that the paper provided further evidence of the requirement for independence in respect of the HTA functions.
“They also noted that the impact of any proposed changes to HIQA’s functions on the wider health sector and expressed concern at the impact of the loss of such an integrated function on delivery of HIQA’s wider Business Plan Objectives.”
The board resolved that the “evidential basis” for retention of these functions reflecting international best practice should be communicated to the Minister for Health and the Department.
It was agreed that the Chairperson would write to the Minister, reflecting the board’s position on the matter.
The executive management team also resolved to keep the board updated on all related matters.
During the meeting, the Draft National Standards for Safer Better Maternity Services and HIQA’s Draft Annual Report were approved by the board.