The sixth annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS), which gives an overview of quality in the Irish health service has been released. Findings are reported across 52 indicators from 11 data sources across five key domains, and cover data to the end of 2019. The five key domains include: Helping people to stay healthy and well; Supporting people with long term conditions; Helping people when they are being treated and cared for in our health services; Supporting people to have positive experiences of healthcare; Treating and caring for people in a safe environment.
The Report highlights some of the areas where the Irish healthcare system has been improving:
- Ireland compares well internationally on hospitalisation rates for heart failure and diabetes
- the 30-day in-hospital mortality for heart attack has decreased by 36% over 10 years
- since 2010, almost all breast cancer surgeries have been performed in designated cancer centres
- the majority of patients rate both their overall experience of in-patient care and maternity care as positive (over 80% rated experience as good or very good in both national surveys). ‘Being treated with dignity and respect’ is also rated positively
- cancer survival rates in Ireland continue to improve
- National Healthcare Quality Reporting System Annual Report 2020 (PDF). Department of Health. January 2021