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Executive’s review of primary care island services currently being costed

Recommendations outlined in the review were due to be implemented this year within available resources, but as publication of the review is still awaited, no recommendations have been implemented to date by the HSE.

At the time of going to press, the HSE had yet to respond to queries regarding delays publishing the review, which was originally due to be completed in 2015.

At the time, concerns were raised in the Oireachtas by a number of TDs regarding the lack of adequate healthcare services for island-dwellers and the HSE admitted it was conscious of the need to provide appropriate services.

According to HSE board meeting minutes for June this year, the review was circulated at the meeting by HSE Director of Primary Care Mr John Hennessy. 

“The report was welcomed and considered in detail. It was noted that the recommendations to address the challenges identified during the review’s consultation process are accompanied by an implementation plan for year one to ensure adequate progress is made in working to provide a quality health service to the island populations,” the minutes state.

It was agreed to submit the review and year-one implementation plan to the Department of Health.

Speaking to MI last May, Mr Hennessy said that the review would “set out what the expectation of a well-functioning primary care system would look like and is looking over time for that to be implemented in a consistent way across those communities”.

He added that the review aimed to bring consistency and standards to primary care island services.

A GP who did not wish to be named told this newspaper that the review was complete and was undergoing costing.

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