22. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health when the proposed trauma strategy will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6396/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Trauma Steering Group was established by Government to bring about better outcomes for the 1,600 patients who suffer a major trauma in Ireland every year. The Steering Group was clinically led, chaired by Professor Eilis McGovern, and with key input from patients, and its recommendations are evidence based. The vision for a national trauma system set out in this major report is to prevent unnecessary deaths, to reduce disabilities and to significantly improve the patient’s chances of attaining the fullest possible recovery. On 6 February 2018, Government approved the publication of the Report of the Trauma Steering group, A Trauma System for Ireland, and it is now available on my Department’s website.