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About Sláintecare

Published: 31 July 2019
From: Department of Health

The Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare was established to devise cross-party agreement on a single, long-term vision for health and social care and the direction of health policy in Ireland. The committee produced the Sláintecare Report, which was adopted by the government and published in May 2017.

The Sláintecare vision is to achieve a universal single-tier health and social care system where everyone has equal access to services based on need, and not ability to pay.

Over time, everyone will be entitled to a comprehensive range of primary, acute and social care services.

Sláintecare’s aims are to:

  • improve patient and service user experience
  • improve clinician experience
  • lower costs
  • achieve better outcomes

In response to the Sláintecare Report, the government approved the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy on 17 July 2018.

It sets out the actions to be taken in the first three years of the Sláintecare implementation process.

The Sláintecare Programme Implementation Office was established in September 2018 with the initial task of reviewing and refining the strategy into a more detailed Action Plan for 2019.

This Action Plan has been published and will be updated annually during the implementation period.

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