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Release of Sláintecare Progress Report 2022

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The Minister for Health in Ireland published the Sláintecare Progress Report 2022 and the Sláintecare Action Plan 2023.

The Sláintecare Progress Report 2022 sets out the very significant progress in improving access, affordability and quality in Irish health and social care services and in the measures taken that are making an immediate impact on the lives of patients, as well as working to deliver foundational longer-term change that will significantly enhance overall capacity and patient centred care.

Findings include:

  • Overall reductions were complemented by significant reductions in waiting times. In 2022, the overall number of patients exceeding the Sláintecare maximum wait time targets recommended in the 2017 Oireachtas Report (10 weeks OPD, 12 weeks IPDC / GI Scope) decreased by 11%.
  • Acute public in-patient charges for children under 16 years were abolished in all public hospitals from 21 September 2022 funding allocated in Budget 2023 to provide for the abolition of all public inpatient hospital charges.

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