Harris to seek Cabinet approval for hospital reforms
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”.