Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ceisteanna (194)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

194. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in publishing the Sláintecare implementation plan; if he received the plan before the end of 2018 as promised; and the timeframe he is working to. [6227/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Sláintecare Implementation Strategy was published on 8 September 2018 and provides the framework within which a system-wide reform programme will be advanced. It sets out four over-arching goals and ten high-level strategic actions which will be the key focus for the first three years of the reform programme. At its core, the strategy focuses on establishing the building blocks for a significant shift in the way in which health services are delivered in Ireland.

In September, the Executive Director of the Sláintecare Programme Office commenced refining the Implementation Strategy into a detailed Action Plan for 2019. I can confirm that the Action Plan 2019 has been developed and, following the finalisation of the HSE's National Service Plan, Project Teams will also be established to drive delivery. The Action Plan will be presented to Sláintecare's High Level Delivery Board and will be published thereafter. This Plan will be overseen by the Implementation Advisory Council, chaired, as you know, by Dr Tom Keane.

The Sláintecare Programme 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.