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Internationally the environment in which health and social services operate has changed rapidly over the past decade, exerting many pressures on health systems across the world. Significant developments in technology, matched by radically different expectations within the population and changing lifestyles, have all contributed to these pressures
In Ireland, the past decade has particularly been a time of rapid change in Irish society. This change has taken place against the backdrop of significant demographic change and economic growth and has resulted in increased expectations of public services. It is also marked by unprecedented improvements in health status and life expectancy. In taking on the role of delivering a world class health service, there are many challenges that we have to address.
A key factor in the demand for health and personal social services over the coming years will be the structure of the population and how that is expected to change. Key demographic issues include:
We will continue to work to improve the overall Health and Wellbeing of the population. To facilitate this objective, there is a constant focus on how to integrate service delivery to achieve maximum health and social gain. Many factors outside of our control also impact on the health status of our population and must be taken into account. It is internationally accepted that the wider determinants of health will continue to have the greatest impact on health.
Key health status issues include:
While there are many challenges facing the health services, those prioritised for action in the 3 years 2008 to 2011 are: