Press Release

Callely opens North South Technology Seminar

Mr Ivor Callely TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (26 September 2002) spoke at the opening of a major seminar on Health Technology Assessment organised under the aegis of the North South Ministerial Council.

The Minister pointed to the sense of the commitment shared by the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, to bring about a greater connection between the respective administrations for the greater health of the total population of the island.

Minister Callely acknowledged the goodwill towards joint co-operation and joint working at both Ministerial and Departmental levels.

“The establishment of the various areas of co-operation under the Good Friday Agreement has brought an awareness and urgency of purpose to the subjects concerned and has led to a much welcomed, closer working relationship between the two administrations,” said the Minster.

In the Health sector, the North South Ministerial Council identified five major areas for co-operation. Working groups have been set up to advance co-operation in all of these areas, including High Technology (Health Technology), the subject of today┬┤s seminar.

“The potential for high technology to enable the most effective delivery of services has to be realised. The important and wide ranging work of the group can contribute greatly to identifying how best to address the future challenges and opportunities which will present to health services, in both the North and South,” said the Minister.

The Minister wished continued success to all the work in this area and all the areas of co-operation. He thanked the organisers and participants, in particular the speakers who travelled to Dublin to participate.