June 22, 2017
The Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD will today bring before parliament an ambitious plan for radical reform of Ireland’s broken health system.
The Sláintecare report is a unique road map for a modern universal healthcare system in which patients are treated promptly on the basis of need, rather than ability to pay.
Sláintecare has been drawn up by the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare chaired by deputy Shortall, who is a former junior minister in the Department of Health.
It is the first time that cross-party consensus has been reached on a new model of healthcare. Sláintecare contains detailed timelines for its proposals to be implemented on a phased basis.
Speaking ahead of this evening’s Dáil debate on the plan, Deputy Shortall said:
“Sláintecare would deliver for Ireland the sort of fair, affordable and effective public health system that we desperately need and deserve and which most of our European neighbours enjoy. This is the first time there has ever been cross-party consensus on how to deliver a modern universal healthcare system that meets the needs of all people based on their medical needs, not on their economic status.
“Sláintecare is a realistic and achievable plan – it’s about investing now to save later. It has been costed by health experts and has strong support among patient groups and medical practitioners. What we now need is a government commitment to implement this plan in its entirety. We can’t continue with our broken health system where patients are dying on waiting lists and families are impoverished because they have had to bear the costs of services that should be available free to all.”
The Sláintecare plan includes:
Tonight’s Dail debate on the Sláintecare report begins at 5.50p.m. It can be viewed live via the Oireachtas website, http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/watchlive/daileireann/
22 June 2017