The Government of Ireland and the Department of Health have set out the Sláintecare strategy to transform health and social care services.
The Sláintecare Implementation Strategy, provides the framework within which a system-wide reform programme will be advanced. 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 particularly in the shift of acute to community care settings. It seeks to deliver on the Future of Healthcare Committee’s vision of a health system in which care is provided in the right place, at the right time, by the right person and is always provided on the basis of need and not ability to pay with a priority focus on developing primary and community services within a national policy context.
Sláintecare is about delivering a health and social care service that meets the needs of our population and attracts and retains the very best healthcare professionals, managers and staff.
With appropriate, well-governed investment, we will deliver a service that is given by the right team at low or no charge. Crucially, engaging with staff, staff representative bodies and the wider stakeholder network, to find new ways of working to deliver expanded services, will be essential to optimise the wealth of skills and knowledge inherent in our health workforce.
A detailed Sláintecare Action plan for 2019 was completed and published on March 13 2019. The Action Plan sets out detailed deliverables and timeframes for 239 deliverables that are to be progressed in 2019 as part of the implementation of the Sláintecare vision and firmly establishes a programmatic approach to the delivery of the Sláintecare Strategy. The 28 deliverables for Quarter 1 are on track.