Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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83. To ask the Minister for Health if a full appraisal of the health services can be undertaken with a view to identifying possible weaknesses which need to be remedied in order to improve and expand the efficiency of the health services in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16970/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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An independent capacity review of the evolving Irish healthcare landscape covering the period 2017 to 2031 was carried out and published in 2018. This Health Service Capacity Review involved assessing current levels of activity/utilisation of services and drivers of demand in order to identify future demand and capacity requirements across these health services until 2031. The Health Service Capacity Review was further updated in 2021.

Implementation of its recommendations is a fundamental part of the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy & Action Plan 2021-2023. Project 1 of Reform Programme 1, Implement the Health Service Capacity Review, has three workstreams, Healthy Living, Enhanced Community Care and Hospital Productivity. The Sláintecare 2022 Action Plan setting out the deliverables for this year will be published shortly. An additional independent review is not envisaged at this time.


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