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Future of Healthcare report now due later this month

The report was due to be completed by the end of last month (28 April). However, a Committee spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) that the Dáil passed a motion in mid-April to allow for a further extension for the report.

There was a motion passed extending the deadline to 31 May, said the Committee’s spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that they did not have an exact date for when the report will be made public, but it was likely to be around mid-May.

The original plan was for the Committee to complete its final report by January 2017, but the Committee sought and was granted an extension from the Dáil until 28 April.

Speaking to MI in February, Chairperson of the Committee Deputy Róisín Shortall (Social Democrats) said: “I think it is fair to say that all members of the Committee have a determination to reach a consensus. There is a very clear recognition that we can’t continue the way we are and we have also taken a very strong evidence-based approach.”

In recent weeks, there have been a series of media leaks regarding the final report.

In March, MI reported that the Committee is considering recommending changes to the structure of Hospital Groups, with each group having a hospital or hospitals designated purely for elective work.

Last month, outgoing IMO President Dr John Duddy was critical of the Committee.

“While we will have to await the final publication of the report, what we are hearing so far is far from encouraging,” Dr Duddy told the union’s AGM.

 He said the notion of mapping-out a 10-year strategy for healthcare was “admirable”, but doing so “without paying any attention to the resource issue is just meaningless and has significantly undermined the value of the exercise”.

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