New health regions an important step in providing integrated healthcare locally

HSE welcomes announcement confirming boundaries of new health regions

Paul Reid, HSE CEO, has welcomed today’s announcement by Minister Simon Harris of six new health regions for Ireland, as part of the implementation of SláinteCare.

Speaking at the announcement, he said, ‘The agreement of the six new health regions is an important step in improving our health service, for everyone living in Ireland. We want people to be able to get the health services they need, as close to people’s homes as possible, with the majority of care delivered in the community and not in acute hospitals.’

‘The new health regions are an important step in enabling us to plan and provide better healthcare. By aligning our services geographically, it means health service staff can plan hospital and community services together, and this helps provide more integrated care at both regional and local level. The new health regions will have greater autonomy to plan for, manage and deliver services based on the needs of the people they serve’.

‘Since I joined the HSE, I have met staff right across the country who work tirelessly to deliver the best care possible, and who have great energy and ambition for constantly improving what we do, and how we do it. However, our current structures do not always support them in doing this.  These new health regions provide us with the opportunity to put in place a system that ultimately supports and enables our staff to deliver the best care possible.’

‘We know that this kind of change can be challenging and we will be working with the Department of Health, health service staff, patients and a range of stakeholders over the coming months to design these structures and maximise every opportunity to ultimately deliver better and more joined up services locally.  There will be a clear roadmap developed in that time, so that any changes to people’s work area will be outlined well in advance.’

‘While that work is ongoing, our team and services will continue in the current structures, focused on the job at hand - ensuring our health service is working for people, and striving to be better.’

See www.hse.ie/healthregions for further information and a map of the new health regions.

ENDS

Last updated on: 18 / 07 / 2019