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Sláintecare to be restructured, with Taskforce to tackle waiting lists – Donnelly

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that Sláintecare will be reconstructed with a Taskforce to tackle waiting lists.

The news comes after a third Sláintecare resignation came on Thursday as Dr. Anthony O’Connor stepped down from the council.

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Donnelly said that the council was due to expire at the end of this month, and instead of renewing it, he plans to create a new group to advise his department on Regional Health Areas.

Donnelly said in a letter on Saturday: “A number of members of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council have kindly agreed to join this new group and I am hugely grateful.”

“Many are concerned about our waiting lists, I am equally concerned and I am establishing a Taskforce to tackle our waiting lists.”

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The Minister went on to say that “recent events have cast a shadow over the real progress that has been made in terms of increasing capacity.”

IMAGE – Stephen Donnelly

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