FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF MONAGHAN HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPENDENT ON NEW GROUP STRUCTURE SAYS HEALTH MINISTER

12 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Any future development of services at Monaghan General Hospital will be in the context of new hospital group structures which are to be put in place in the near future as a preparatory measure for the introduction of the Government’s Universal Health Insurance policy, according to Minister for Health Dr James Reilly.

Minister Reilly was responding to a request from Monaghan Co Council concerning the provision of funding to develop services at Monaghan General Hospital.

In a letter which came before the April meeting of the authority – the Minister’s first response for some time to a Monaghan local authority on the hospital issue – Dr Reilly pointed out that a key stepping stone towards the introduction of Universal Health Insurance will be to develop independent not-for-profit hospital trusts in which all hospitals will function as part of integrated groups.

The Minister continued: “The rationale behind the establishment of hospital groups and trusts is to support increased operational autonomy and accountability for hospital services in a way that will drive service reforms and provide the maximum possible benefit to patients.

“Reform across the three domains of access, quality and resources is not achievable unless there is real clinical and managerial accountability at hospital level.

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