Published: 25 February 2021
This year will see a €3.5 billion increase in health service funding. This year the plan also sets out how a number of key Sláintecare reforms will be progressed.
“This significant investment represents the trust that the Government and the public have placed in us after a year in which our staff have gone above and beyond to do all they can to keep people safe and healthy. The last 12 months have brought very rapid changes in how we provide healthcare, and we intend to use the best of the changes coupled with the new investment to sustainably transform how we deliver healthcare in Ireland.”
CEO, Paul Reid
The plan allows for an additional 16,000 staff above December 2019 employment levels. This figure includes:
- over 1,100 medical and dental staff
- more than 3,500 nurses and midwives
- 4,000 health and social care professionals
“In 2021 we are investing in initiatives that we consider most likely to deliver demonstrable, sustainable improvements to health service performance and delivery. In this regard the NSP is characterised by a marked move towards the delivery of care in the community or at home whenever possible.”
Chairman of the HSE Mr Ciarán Devane
Within the extra €3.5bn for operating costs, some €1.68bn is for COVID-19 spending. The allocation includes Personal Protective Equipment, the vaccination programme, testing and tracing and improving access to care.
The plan addresses how to deliver services and functions in 2021 in the context of a global pandemic, and specifically what services are planned for 2021 to control the spread of COVID-19.
The Plan outlines reform measures and their expected impacts in 2021 which include:
- enhancing primary preventive services and partnerships
- reforming our services to better support our growing and ageing population
- delivering care as close to the patient as possible through enhancing primary and community care
- increasing capacity & reforming scheduled/planned care
- mainstreaming appropriate Sláintecare Integration Fund projects
- improving access to mental health services
- supporting the reform of disability services