Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (15)

James Browne


15. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health when the Sláintecare action plan will be published; if it will contain detailed costings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12200/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In September 2018, the Sláintecare Programme Implementation Office commenced refining the three-year Implementation Strategy into a single-year Action Plan for 2019. This process has involved reviewing the 106 sub-actions of the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy - which was published in August 2018 - and identifying where further actions were required. A readiness assessment of all the sub-actions was then initiated, which examined the degree to which there were plans and assigned responsibilities, behind the subactions, both new and existing. Finally, the Programme Implementation Office looked at how best to structure teams for successful and effective delivery. A Citizen Care Masterplan Framework for the implementation of the Sláintecare actions was developed in order to establish a programmatic approach to delivery.

At the end of December 2018, the Action Plan for 2019 was presented to me and I can confirm that, following its presentation to the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council at the end of February, it will be published today (13 March 2019).

It is a detailed and comprehensive plan for 2019 which firmly establishes a programmatic approach to the delivery of the Sláintecare Strategy. It is a fundamental milestone in the delivery of the Sláintecare vision for reformed health and social care services in Ireland. 

The 2019 funding for the deliverables in the Action Plan have been provided in the relevant spending lines as part of the Estimates process for 2019.

The Sláintecare Programme Implementation Office is committed to transparency at all stages of the implementation of Sláintecare. The Programme Office will publish rolling plans annually and progress reports will be published on a biannual basis.

Question No. 16 answered orally.