Har­ris to seek Cab­i­net ap­proval for hos­pi­tal re­forms

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Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris will seek Cab­i­net ap­proval to­day for re­forms in line with an Oireach­tas re­port on the fu­ture of the health ser­vice.

Mr Har­ris will con­firm his in­ten­tion to ge­o­graph­i­cally align hos­pi­tal groups and com­mu­nity health or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Min­is­ter is ex­pected to seek sup­port to launch a public con­sul­ta­tion next month to as­sess how such a sys­tem can be de­vel­oped.

Mr Har­ris will also es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent group to ex­am­ine the im­pact of sep­a­rat­ing pri­vate prac­tice from the public hos­pi­tal sys­tem.

The Gov­ern­ment has been strongly crit­i­cised in the af­ter­math of the bud­get for its fail­ure to ad­dress the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the all-party com­mit­tee re­port.

Gov­ern­ment sources in­sisted Bud­get 2018 in­cluded a se­ries of an­nounce­ments “that ap­ply real re­sources to the re­form agenda, in­clud­ing a pri­mary care fund, ad­di­tional home care and tran­si­tion beds, re­duced charges for pre­scrip­tions and fur­ther in­vest­ment in im­prov­ing ac­cess for public pa­tients”.

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