Policy Forum update


We at the Health Reform Alliance want to thank everyone who attended our ‘Policy Forum’ on the Future of Healthcare and the Sláintecare Report last Thursday. We were delighted so many of you were able to attend and hope this is reflective of a desire across various stakeholders groups for real change!



We’d also like to thank all our speakers – Susan Mitchell, Róisín Shortall TD, Dr. Ronan Fawsitt and Dr. Anthony Staines – for their very interesting and engaging contributions. Below you’ll find a brief recap on the event, with slides from Drs. Fawsitt and Staines included.


Time for a quick cuppa before kicking things off



Deputies Róisín Shortall, Michael Harty and Dr. Ronan Fawsitt share a laugh

After a short welcome from Health Reform Alliance Chairperson, Paul Gordon, Susan Mitchell, Health Editor at the Sunday Business Post, chair of the ‘policy forum’, introduced the day and gave an overview of her experiences of the health and social care services as a journalist, and the need for change.

L to R: Dr Anthony Staines, Róisín Shortall TD, Susan Mitchell, Dr. Ronan Fawsitt

L to R: Dr Anthony Staines, Róisín Shortall TD, Susan Mitchell, Dr. Ronan Fawsitt



Deputy Róisín Shortall delivered the keynote speech at the event, giving her insights into why the Future of Healthcare Committee was needed and how it was established, offering commentary from her time as Chair of the Future of Healthcare Committee, including key learnings from Committee hearings and work with colleagues on the Committee, as well as looking to the future and giving her view on what is needed across the various stakeholders to ensure implementation of the Sláintecare report.


Dr. Ronan Fawsitt, GP and chair of the ICGP-St.Luke’s Local Integrated Care Committee (LICC), delivered an insightful presentation, focusing on his own experience as a GP, and as chair and co-founder of the Carlow-Kilkenny LICC, discussing the need for a ‘paradigm shift’ to deal with increasing demand and an ageing population, the role of general practice and the need for integration of care.


Dr. Anthony Staines, professor of Health Systems at Dublin City University, posed a number of questions around our health and social care services, trying to envisage what a ‘good’ system would look like, what’s required from various sectors in society for real change to happen, examining the best model of care and the role of primary and integrated care, along with looking at next steps.


Susan Mitchell chaired a panel discussion which covered a range of topics, focusing on potential roadblocks to implementation of reform and the Sláintecare report. This was followed by a very engaging Q&A discussion, thanks to the wide-ranging representation of groups present, who offered unique perspectives, highlighting challenges for Sláintecare.

Thanks to all for coming and we hope you enjoyed the event.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!