HSE Statement

Friday, 10 March 2023

The HSE acknowledges the need to continue to improve the performance of our hospitals and healthcare system, and will review and consider the report “Hospital Performance: An Analysis of HSE Key Performance Indicators” published today. 

Attendances and admissions at emergency departments (EDs) across the country were higher in 2022 than ever before, and we want to recognise the enormous effort and professionalism of our staff and our colleagues in the wider health system. While the significant pressures on the system have had an impact on patient care and performance, we also acknowledge the need to constantly work to improve processes and systems in the interests of patient care. Any assessment of our performance needs to be used by us to contribute to the continuous improvement of services provided to the Irish public. The HSE has a robust performance and accountability framework and this ensures regular monitoring and assessment of the performance of our services and helps us formulate improvement plans to improve services for patients.

During the huge recent winter pressures on the hospital system, we have been monitoring what has worked well and identifying lessons to be learned. Alongside a review of capacity being conducted by the Department, the HSE will bring forward in 2023 a three-year unscheduled care improvement plan combining process improvement, expedited infrastructural investment and learning from sites performing well.

Last updated on: 13 / 03 / 2023