True test Regional Health Areas will be health outcomes and cost effectiveness - Louise O'Reilly TD
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has cautiously welcomed the restructuring of the HSE into six new Regional Health Areas and said the true test of these changes will be health outcomes, service access and delivery, transparency and accountability, and cost effectiveness.
Speaking this evening regarding the restructuring of health services into Regional Health Areas, Teachta O’Reilly said:
“There are many positives to geographically aligned Regional Health Areas, namely that it should deliver a more integrated health service underpinned by population-based planning and funding that is right for the needs of that local population.
“However, the true test of these changes will be health outcomes, service access and delivery, transparency and accountability, and cost effectiveness.
“While I cautiously welcome the creation Regional Health Areas, I do still have concerns.
“Even with these changes it should not be forgotten that services under these Regional Health Areas still need the necessary staff and the necessary staff to deliver the health services people need – without the staff and capacity the problems we currently have will still exist.
“It is also essential that as we work into the future that all health services are aligned within the Regional Health Areas, only this will ensure the effectiveness of the areas and that they deliver for the health needs of the local populations."