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that there is no realistic option that would permit a stand-alone paediatric cardiac surgery in Belfast,” he said.“That is the relevant experts' clear analysis and the view of the service commissioners. People may not like that and find it hard to accept, but it is a factual situation.”The DUP minister said he has met Mr Reilly “and discussed our mutual wish to explore fully the potential for a service to be provided on an all-island basis”.
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as our advantage to come together and have an all-island network for paediatric congenital cardiac care, and I am very happy to look at that,” he said. However, Mr Poots could give no guarantees that agreement could be in place in six months.“If it is an all-island service, I want it to be the best service that is available. That is my strong preference at this time. I want to explore fully the all-island solution,” Mr Poots added.
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paediatric services in the city. The debate came as a public consultation period over services for children needing heart surgery or specialist cardiac care in Northern Ireland started.The chair of the working group involved in the consultation, Mr Dean Sullivan, said: “The shared objective is to secure future arrangements that provide a high quality, safe, sustainable, accessible and timely service for children from Northern Ireland.”