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With effect from January 1, 2014, the staff of the ESRI’s Health Research & Information Division have been seconded to the HSE to work in the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO). While the HPO has initially been established on an administrative basis, it is planned that this Office will ultimately be established on a statutory basis. This development is in line with the proposals in the ‘Money Follows the Patient’ policy paper published by the Department of Health in February 2013.

Given this development, the Health Research & Information Division (HRID) at the ESRI was†closed with effect from December 31, 2013. It is planned to move the documents, contact details etc. which are currently on the HRID pages of the ESRI website to the new domain www.hpo.ie. It may take some time to ensure that all the current functionality is operational on the new website but every effort is being made to ensure that the transition is as speedy as possible. Research published by staff of the HRID up to the end of 2013 will continue to be available on the ESRI website.

With effect from January 1, 2014, the HPO†has†responsibility for both the Hospital Inpatient Enquiry and the National Perinatal Reporting System. Information on email addresses for the staff will be available on www.hpo.ie. For an interim period, the main contact numbers will continue to be +353 1 863 2000 (telephone) and +353 1 863 2100 (FAX). The postal address is as follows: Healthcare Pricing Office, ESRI Building, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.