Minister Stephen Donnelly

The Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has published the ‘Sláintecare Implementation Strategy and Action Plan Progress Report 2021’.

The report sets out progress made against the priorities and actions detailed in the ‘Sláintecare Implementation Strategy and Action Plan 2021 – 2023’ and focuses on two reform programmes: 

  • Reform Programme 1: Improving Safe, Timely Access to Care and Promoting Health & Wellbeing    
  • Reform Programme 2: Addressing Health Inequalities — towards Universal Healthcare. 

Progress delivered in 2021 includes:

  • 800 referrals, 630 home assessment visits and 1,295 interventions for older people under the Healthy Age Friends Homes programme that aims to enable older people to continue living in their homes or in a home best suited to their needs.
  • Approx. 20.5 million hours of home support delivered in 2021 with over 55,000 people receiving the service, up by about 2.9 million (17%) hours compared to 2020 with increased funding maintained for 2022. 
  • 49 Community Healthcare Networks (CHNs), 15 specialist teams for older persons and two Chronic Disease Management teams established and operationally viable to enhance community care.

Minister Donnelly TD (pictured) said: “Targeted investment in areas such as the rollout of structured chronic disease programmes for people with a history of cardiovascular disease, COPD, asthma and type 2 diabetes in general practice (GP), nationwide GP access to diagnostics, additional home supports, additional critical care, acute inpatient and community bed capacity, each contribute to a more accessible, equal and fair health service for all.

“Work has commenced on the establishment of a population-based approach to service planning and resource allocation. This will enable us to fund and resource the right kinds of services based on population need and not based on activity alone. Importantly, it will address health inequalities by ensuring that all areas of the population are appropriately represented in how we plan and fund services.”

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