Policy Forum for Ireland

The reform of healthcare in Ireland

Morning, Thursday, 23rd November 2017

The Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2


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

Delegates will discuss 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, as well as the possible impact on reform of the announced €685 million rise in Health funding in Budget 2018, including the funding for 1,800 new frontline staff.

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

Keynote Speaker

Professor Deirdre Heenan

Professor of Social Sciences and Director, Health & Wellbeing Research Centre, Ulster University


Kate O’Connell TD

Member, Oireachtas Health Committee and the Oireachtas Future Healthcare Committee

Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health and Vice-Chair, Oireachtas Health Committee


Sean Murphy

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

Stephen McMahon

Co-Founder and Chair, Irish Patients Association

Liam Doran

General Secretary, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation

Aaron Boyle

Partner, Arthur Cox

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

Fran Thompson

Assistant National Director, Engagement & Delivery, HSE

Sandra Gannon

General Manager, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland and Joint Chairperson, Medicines for Ireland

Chris Goodey

Chief Executive, National Association of General Practitioners