In the 2020 plan, we set out the level and type of health and social services to be delivered in 2020 within our allocated budget of €17,056 million.
Paul Reid, HSE CEO welcomed the increase in Government funding which will allow us to deliver a very different Service Plan in 2020. Extra investment will be made in our community infrastructure with the aim of relieving pressure on our acute services. This includes:
- An increase of home help hours of over 1 million hours.
- Investment in Nursing Home Support Schemes, and
- recruitment of over 1,000 staff into Community Health Organisations
Commenting at the launch of the plan Paul said there were many positives about the delivery of health care in Ireland.
“People are living longer and healthier lives. We receive strong satisfaction ratings in our National Patient Experience surveys.
However, there is no doubt that overall we aren’t currently delivering the kind of health service that the public expects and which we aspire to.
The commitment to the reform of our healthcare system has not proven easy to deliver. Certainly, it will not be achieved within a single service planning cycle. But it can and must be done, over the coming years. I am happy that this Service Plan represents an important first step on that journey”
Some of the key focus areas to be progressed in 2020 by our services are:
- Community Services: Primary Care
- Services for Older Persons
- Community Services: Disability
- Community Services: Mental Health
- Acute Hospital Services
- Population and Health and Wellbeing
- Clinical Quality and Patient Safety