Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Questions (376)

John Brassil


376. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if he has evaluated the costings provided in the Sláintecare report; the estimated full year cost of the Sláintecare recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43360/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As committed to in the Action Plan for 2019, Sláintecare has developed proposals for multi-annual capital and current funding, including a transition fund, to support health care reform. Following Budget 2020, the Sláintecare Programme Implementation Office have been resourced with a total of €45.5 million in 2020 (with an additional €50 million in 2021) in order to progress the resourcing of enhanced community care under the capacity planning framework, and in supporting care redesign initiatives.

There is a commitment to provide €10 million in 2020, with a further committed total of €60 million in 2021, to support the development of enhanced community care that will effect a shift in care from the acute sector to the community. The additional full-year funding will provide for up to 1,000 therapists, nurses, dementia advisors and other professionals in the community. There will be also be resources of €12 million to support care redesign initiatives, along with the existing €23.5 million provided to the SPIO in 2019.