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The Strategy, which was published at the end of 2016, sets out actions to be achieved over a three-year period under a number of strategic objectives.
The document states that while continued economic growth will allow for further improvements in public services, EU Fiscal Rules will constrain the rate of growth in spending, requiring the Department and HSE to be as effective as possible in meeting existing and new population health demands.
As previously reported in the Medical Independent (MI), the Department also considers the outcome of the Brexit vote as a serious challenge.
“The UK’s decision to leave the EU will require the agreement of new arrangements for cross border sevices and cooperation in the area of health,” according to the document.
“The Department will strive to ensure that Irish people’s interests are protected in negotiations to agree a new arrangement between the UK and the EU. Ensuring that there is minimum disruption in the area of health and that essential services are maintained will be our key priority.”
Demographic pressures with the increasing elderly population and the rising burden of chronic disease also need to be taken into account in planning for future health needs.
“Deepening our understanding of how the model of care needs to change is an essential component in assessing the requirement for on-going investment in the health service, since additional capacity cannot substitute for improvements in the way care is delivered to people if we are to meet growing demand in the most affordable way possible,” states the document.
“In the early part of this strategy period, the Department will undertake a number of projects which focus on specifying the preferred model of care in Ireland across a number of service settings.”