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Dr Ryan said the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare “engages in wishful thinking”.
“What’s even worse is that the Report fails to acknowledge the reality that the acute hospitals do not have the basic capacity to provide the care that patients currently need,” said Dr Ryan.
Dr Ryan said that the Report’s “proposals were not externally costed, totally undermining its credibility”.
“Clearly the Report did not adopt a pragmatic approach to healthcare delivery.
“The Report’s suggestion that the phased eilimination of private care from public hospitals will expand capacity is flawed. If implemented, it will actually reduce hospital’s income as the loss of 650 million annual income is unlikely to be replaced through increased taxations.”
However earlier at today’s conference in Limerick Minister for Health Simon Harris sounded more positive about the report.
” Sláintecare provides us with a solid framework to move forward,” said Minister Harris.
“What we have to do now, is to take the Sláintecare Report, and build around it a process of planning and implementation, that will start to translate the vision into concrete change, and the change into reality.”
The Minister said the Government has given its approval to move ahead with the establishment of a Sláintecare programme office.
“This office will be led by a senior executive with a strong track record in implementing reform. The recruitment process will commence very shortly.”