Can Ireland’s healthcare system be fixed or is it beyond repair?


IT IS HARD TO REMEMBER a time when the Irish healthcare system was not a source of conflict for patients and healthcare workers across the country.

At the moment there are some reasons for optimism: the pressure of Covid-19 is easing to some extent and progress is being made in the extremely ambitious program of Sláintecare.

So are things going in the right direction to improve the system? Or is there still a long way to go?

For the next few weeks, The newspaperThe Good Information Project will focus on a number of different aspects of the Irish healthcare system, looking at both the problems and the possible solutions.

And the system needs solutions.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization reported recording levels hospital overcrowding, with thousands of patients abandoned on trolleys.

There has been a 44% increase in the number of Irish doctors emigrating to Australia, frontline staff are reporting high levels of burnout and waiting lists for many surgeries remain high.

Non-consulting hospital doctors potentially go on strike, there are still hundreds of consultant positions emptycarers do not feel supported, mental health services are overburdened and under-resourced.

So what are the possible solutions? We will be looking at a wide range of issues in the coming weeks.

We will look at how prepared Ireland is to deal with future pandemics and whether lessons will be learned from Covid-19.

We are going to dive deep into Sláintecare to see if it will be the savior the health service is calling for.

Waiting lists have long been a huge problem for the health service – the Minister of Health has a plan to tackle it, but will it work?

#Open Journalism

No news, bad news
Support the review

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that matter to you

Support us now

We will also look at Ireland’s national plan to provide services for children with disabilities and why some families, organizations and special schools dispute it.

Most importantly, we want to hear from patients and healthcare workers. We want to report on the experiences of those who deal daily with the healthcare system and how they think it can be improved. Their voices are crucial in this report.

We want to hear from you

The newspaper launched The Good Information Project with the aim of engaging readers to dig deeper with us into the key issues affecting Ireland at the moment.

You can stay up to date by signing up for The Good Information Project newsletter in the box below. If you would like to join the discussion, ask questions, or share your thoughts on this or other topics, you can find our Facebook group here or contact us directly via WhatsApp.

This work is also co-funded by Journal Media and a grant program from the European Parliament. Any opinions or conclusions expressed in this work are those of the author. The European Parliament has no involvement or responsibility for the editorial content published by the project. For more information see here.


About Author

Comments are closed.