Sláintecare Implementation Strategy published in Ireland

Simon Harris, Ireland’s Minister of Health, has published the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy, revealing how the Government plan to carry out the reforms suggested by the Sláintecare Report.

According to Mr Harris’s speech, the Strategy includes several key actions for the first three years of its agenda:

  • Establish HSE Board and reconfigure the HSE to improve accountability and support integrated care
  • Deliver a new Model of Healthcare through the development of a new Citizen Care Masterplan for the health service and new models of care that are population-health centred
  • Launch a programme of public engagement on Health Outcomes and a nationwide series of events in 2019/2020 to promote health and well-being
  • Enhance Community Care, including the expansion of community-based diagnostics facilities, a new community nursing service and a continued programme of investment in primary care centres
  • Reform the GP contract, including providing for a greater role in chronic disease management
  • Continue investment in community mental health services
  • Introduce a new statutory scheme for homecare services
  • Review the eligibility framework to develop a roadmap to achieve universal entitlement
  • Increase bed capacity in public hospitals
  • Choose locations and commence the planning process for new elective hospitals in Cork, Dublin and Galway
  • Tackle long waiting times for acute hospitals by continued investment in the NTPF and the development of an integrated waiting list management system
  • Develop a national clinical strategy and hospital group strategic plans to guide organisation of hospital services
  • Roll out eHealth systems and infrastructure


It’s hoped that these changes will lead to a more efficient and effective health service in Ireland, and is geared around a sustainable approach for the future.

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Published 14. August 2018 in News, News Ireland