Róisin Shortall: Lack of political will is derailing Sláintecare’s health reforms

It’s not good enough to blame the pandemic for the slow pace of change in Irish healthcare, and the resignation last week of two key members of the Sláintecare programme was at least partly prompted by a lack of buy-in by politicians

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Laura Magahy andTom Keane, both of whom resigned from Sláintecare and former health minister Simon Harris. Picture: Maxwells

We are now at a critical juncture in the implementation of Sláintecare and there is one overriding question – does the political will exist to implement it or not?

When the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy and Action plan was published in May, there was a brief section that did not get much attention. An assessment, at the end of the report, identified a number of high-level risks to its implementation.

Chief among them was “political” with ...