Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

HSE Winter Plan: HSE

Photo of Neasa HouriganNeasa Hourigan (Dublin Central, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

I completely agree around the move towards community care and that first side of the spectrum. I am trying to understand the process of that and where the community hubs or where community care sits in terms of the complexity of chronic disease. How do we identify complex places? How would that process work in the context of a health system that is constrained with Covid at the moment? It seems to me that much of this has moved online which say, for someone who needs help with his or her diet, might be appropriate but for more complex cases it seems that face-to-face would be quite important.

I was very glad to hear Dr. Henry's colleague refer to multidisciplinary teams. Taking diabetes as an example, the involvement of allied care professionals is so important. Where are we with staffing issues around dieticians, for example?


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