Sláintecare was a vision, never a plan, and it’s way off schedule

Stephen Donnelly needs to act on a meaningful, updated plan for implementing the healthcare reform envisioned in the report

15th November, 2020
Sláintecare was a vision, never a plan, and it’s way off schedule
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly criticised the lack of progress on Sláintecare before he took office and now it falls to him to make it happen. Credit: Julien Behal

The all-party Sláintecare report was published three and a half years ago. Its ten-year “plan” should now be a third implemented, but work has barely begun. How did we get here?

The report was the result of a year’s worth of work by a special all-party committee. It was said to be the pinnacle achievement of the so-called “new politics” arising from the disparate hung parliament produced by the 2016 general...

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