Funding for this research was provided by:
Health Research Board (CARG/2012/28)
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Received: 20 July 2017
Accepted: 30 May 2018
First Online: 19 June 2018
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: The analysis in this paper was conducted on anonymised secondary administrative hospital data from the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) and mortality data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The relevant ethical permissions from each of these organisations was gained to access both datasets. However, neither ethical approval nor consent from individual patients was applicable.
: Dr. Healy is member of the Reconfiguration Forum for Cork and Kerry (having been a member of the Project Team 2008–2011) and is currently seconded to the Department of Health as part of National Establishment of Hospital Groups project team.
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