Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

  • receive the eCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

National service plan remains under review

By David Lynch - 20th Aug 2021 | 62 views

Female doctor using a digital tablet at her desk in the clinic. Female doctor working on her tablet pc in her office.

A second phase of a review of the HSE National Service Plan (NSP) 2021 – to examine if targets have been impacted by the pandemic and cyberattack – is “under consideration”, this newspaper has been told. The NSP was published on 24 February

On 29 March, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly wrote to HSE board Chair Mr Ciarán Devane regarding the need for a review of the NSP 2021.

In a letter seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request, Minister Donnelly wrote: “I believe that this review should include achievable recalibrated NSP targets for 2021, which will be a vital element in facilitating the performance management process for 2021.”

“These revised targets will allow for meaningful NSP 2021 activity schedules to be produced and the corresponding submission of performance data, which will ensure the accurate measurement, analysis and importantly explanation of any variances in the performance of the health system.”

A HSE spokesperson told MI that “in order to assess the impact of both the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2021 and the cyberattack in May 2021 on strategic programmes, service level targets and operational KPIs [key performance indicators], a review of NSP 2021 based on Q1 [quarter one] activity was undertaken.”

“The aim was to establish progress made during the quarter and to propose, based on the latest data and information available, if revised NSP targets are required.”

Phase one of the review – which examined planned versus actual activity in quarter one was submitted to the Minister in May.

“Phase two of the review focusing on any revised NSP targets, which may be required is still under consideration.”

MI reported in April that the pandemic response, including the vaccination programme, would likely have “an adverse impact” on commitments in the NSP 2021, according to high-level correspondence in January between Mr Devane and Minister Donnelly.

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
medical news
The Medical Independent 19th May 2022

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read