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HIQA survey shows a system lacking in accountability – O’Reilly

8 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that HIQA survey published today around provision of health and social care services highlighted “a system chronically lacking in accountability”.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The HIQA survey today really comes as no surprise. Anyone who has had any cursory dealings with the public health service knows that this is a system in chaos. However, what this survey also shows is that health service users experience a system chronically lacking in accountability.

“95% of those surveyed agreed that there ought to be clear accountability when provision of health and social care services falls below set standards. That should be a given in any functioning health service. However, experience tells us that this is often not the case. This is evidence of a need for accountability in the system which has statutory underpinning and is not voluntary.  

“Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals are independently regulated, but the administrators who are often making decisions about resource allocation are not; the survey highlights that information is too often lacking for patients which leads to disempowerment.

“This report is timely and shines yet more light, as if it were needed, into a system that is in perpetual crisis. The report underlines the appetite for regulation which exists and also the lack of awareness among service users; this can only be addressed by ensuring that regulation is robust and well resources.

“It also shows the need for radical thinking, reform, and investment. It is only through the establishment of an Irish National Health Service, free at the point of delivery for those who need it, that the inherent failures in our system can be addressed.” 

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