Report of the Committee to Review Neurosurgical Services in Ireland

Following a request from the Department of Health and Children, Comhairle na nOspidéal established a committee to review neurosurgical services, focussing in particular on issues of capacity and geographic configuration, in the context of high quality and safe services.

The following terms of reference were adopted;
"Having due regard to geographic & demographic patterns, to examine the existing arrangements for the provision of neurosurgical services and consultant staffing nationally, and following consultation with the interests concerned, to make recommendations to Comhairle na nOspidéal on the future organisation and development of neurosurgical services in Ireland, in the context of current best practice, in order to facilitate high quality and safe services. The review should take into account the national / regional character of current neurosurgical services and focus on updating the recommendations outlined in the 1989 and 1991 Comhairle reports, taking into consideration recent advances in the neurosurgery/neuroscience group of specialties."