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The state’s performance on delivery of healthcare will always be a subject of acute political debate

‘We don’t look far enough abroad to learn about alternative healthcare approaches‘ says Simon Nugent, Independent chairperson, accredited mediator and public policy adviser

8th January, 2020

What's your name?

Simon Nugent

What position do you hold?

Independent chairperson, accredited mediator and public policy adviser. I’m an independent professional adviser working with clients in the private and public sector. Much of my work is involved in dispute resolution through mediation.

What is your professional background?

I’m a former CEO of the Private Hospitals Association (PHA). 2015 – 2018.

Former Special Adviser (2011 to 2014) to Pat Rabbitte TD when he was Minister for the Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

I’m also a former CEO of the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland

You are speaking at the 2020 National Health Summit. What are you speaking about?

I am Chairing Stream 2 of the 2020 summit. This stream will be digging into one of the trickiest aspects of healthcare reform in Ireland – the disentangling of public and private care. We should be able to cast some light on issues such as –

-Will phasing out of consultants with public contracts from taking on private work improve the public system and if so how?

-How would a large (€500M) gap in funding public hospital care be tackled if health insurers are no longer contributing?

-How will the Irish health insurance market change assuming Sláintecare is implemented?

What main challenges do you see for the healthcare sector in Ireland?

Insularity of perception means we don’t look far enough abroad to learn about alternative healthcare approaches. (It is not all about benchmarking ourselves against the NHS.)

The political cycle limits us to thinking short-term rather than focusing on the big issues.

Vested interests often not adequately challenged on their reform perspectives.

Where would you like to see the health service in 10 years’ time?

The state’s performance on delivery of healthcare will always be a subject of acute political debate. If nothing else, the ageing of our population will ensure that. In 10 years’ time we should be measuring our health service, at least in part, against benchmarks and targets upon which there is a public consensus rather than on the handling of the latest crisis.

Simon will be speaking at the 16th National Health Summit 2020, February 6, Croke Park, Dublin.

For more information visit: www.healthsummit.ie

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