Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 19th March 2013.

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Photo of Robin Swann Robin Swann UUP 3:45 pm, 19th March 2013

I declare an interest as the parent of a five and a half-week-old son, Evan, who is currently awaiting heart surgery in Belfast.

From my experience, the cardiac and paediatric surgeons and the anaesthetists in the Royal Victoria Hospital are of the highest professional and specialist standard, as I am sure the Minister will agree.  Does he also agree, however, that if he reduces the number of surgeries that are completed in the Royal, it will become increasingly difficult to recruit to those posts, which are necessary for follow-on surgeries, not just for the heart but for non-related cardiac surgeries on children who have already had successful cardiac operations in Belfast?