ESRI study underlines need for targeted investment in primary and community care – O’Reilly
Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD welcomed the Economic and Social Research Institute report on the ‘Geographic Profile of Healthcare Needs and Non-Acute Healthcare Supply in Ireland’, stating that it underlines the large inequalities in the supply of health and social care across counties and highlights the need for targeted investment in primary and community care.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“The ESRI must be congratulated on an encompassing and extremely detailed study which lays bare the inequalities in non-acute and primary care services county by county.
“The report itself underlines the inequalities in the supply of health services and social care across counties and highlights the need for targeted investment in primary and community care.
“The report is very clear that healthcare supply has not been allocated according to population need and this has led to inequalities across the primary care and other non-acute services they examined across the State.
“Commuter counties, such as Kildare, Meath, and Wicklow, had the lowest supply of primary, community, and long-term care services examined in the report. While into south Leinster and Munster, counties such as Kilkenny, Limerick, Clare, and Waterford, had significant inequalities in the supply of services.
“This report underlines the need for targeted investment in primary and community care in the areas where it is needed to address inequalities in healthcare supply and to have any hope in implementing Sláintecare.”