Policy Forum for Ireland

The reform of healthcare in Ireland

Morning, Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Central Dublin


This timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the future for healthcare policy in Ireland.

Delegates will consider the potential challenges for implementing the recommendations set out by the Committee on the Future of Healthcare in their Sláintecare Report, for the creation of a universal single-tier health and social care system, which will entitle all residents to access a comprehensive range of services based on need, at no or reduced cost.  

Attendees will discuss options for disentangling public and private healthcare successfully, increasing capacity in public hospitals and funding reformed services. They will also consider the next steps in delivering the shift toward primary and community care, and the future contribution of private hospitals.

Further sessions will examine the future role of the HSE as a national strategy centre and the potential impact of this change on leadership and governance, as well as lessons from other jurisdictions in the provision of a universal healthcare system and the future for cross-border collaboration post-Brexit.

Guest of Honour

Tony O'Brien

Director General, HSE

Guest of Honour

Tony O’Brien

Director General, HSE


Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health


Sean Murphy

Chairman, Acute Strategy Group, Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT)

Stephen McMahon

Co-Founder and Chair, Irish Patients Association

Marie Sherlock

Economist, SIPTU

Professor John Higgins

Principal Investigator, Health Innovation Hub Ireland and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork

Ian Carter

Chief Executive Officer, RCSI Hospitals Group

Simon Nugent

Chief Executive, Private Hospitals Association

Richard Corbridge

Chief Information Officer, HSE

Chris Goodey

Chief Executive, National Association of General Practitioners