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Minister appeals for support of ED Task Force

12 Oct 2015

IHCA members and “everyone who works in the health service” should work together to implement the Emergency Department Task Force Plan, the Minister for Health told the IHCA conferernce on October 3.

“Patients deserve no less and should be unforgiving if implementation becomes a source of conflict, rather than co-operation,” said Dr Leo Varadkar.

An additional €50 million has been provided to the HSE this year to focus on reducing or eliminating where possible the number of people waiting 15 months by the end of the year.

“My preference is that these additional resources should be used in-house, but outsourcing to private hospitals is an option,” said Dr Varadkar.

The Minister said one of his priorities was to ensure that Activity-Based Funding (ABF) was embedded across the health service. The HSE Healthcare Pricing Office has published an implementation plan that sets out objectives up to 2017.

Dr Varadkar said ABF could be used “to improve the quality and efficiency of inpatient and daycase treatment, and expand ABF into other services like outpatients”. Legislation is being prepared to establish the Children’s Hospital Group Trust on a statutory basis, and legislation to establish the other hospital groups can be done within two years.

Gary Culliton

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times