Our Hospitals and Primary Care


Our Vision for Healthcare In Ireland: 

A Great Place to Work, A Great Place to Receive Care


Overcrowding, Prolonged A&E Waiting Times, Delayed Discharges

  • Increase bed capacity and aim for a four-hour target wait for Emergency Departments.
  • Ensure there is an emergency medicine consultant present in emergency departments 24-hours.
  • Improve access to diagnostics for Emergency Departments and GPs with a new minor capital grant fund of €50m.
  • Remove recruitment embargo, target staffing allocations of additional consultants and nurses to critical areas in Emergency Departments.
  • Commence the 2,600 additional hospital beds recommended under the Capacity Review.
  • Significantly increase home care support hours to alleviate delayed discharges.
  • Examine how the district hospital network can be utilised more to provide step down facilities.
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East Galway Healthcare 12


Supporting General Practice

  • Expand free GP care on the basis of means in line with Sláintecare’s goals and in alignment with an expansion in capacity.
  • Implement the recently agreed changes to the GP contract and include provisions for its continuous assessment and improvement.
  • Negotiate a new contract to underpin General Practice for the next 30 years to include issues such as Women’s Health Programmes, Out of Hours Services and Services to patients in Nursing Homes.
  • Increase GP training places to 274.
  • Protect rural GP practices by increasing the allowance to €30,000.


Mental Health Supports

The need for strong mental health supports is ever-growing, especially among younger people. Many parents have great concerns about the wellbeing of their children especially in a world of social media interaction. We will work to develop 21st-century skills such as teamwork, empathy, and resilience in school and youth settings. 

By providing a strong suite of measures of early intervention programmes designed to prevent mental ill-health developing in the first place we are committed to implementing a “Vision for change” and have allocated the €200m in additional spending required by that policy to finance the specific measures included in this.

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Reduce waiting lists and waiting times

  • Increase the National Treatment Purchase Fund to €200 million.
  • Put the emphasis on reducing waiting times.
  • Ensure that anyone waiting more than six months for a procedure will be able to apply to the National Treatment Purchase Fund.


Home Help Packages

  • Provide an additional five million hours of home care support.
  • Implement a statutory homecare scheme.
  • Deliver a ‘Carers Guarantee’ proposal that will provide a core basket of services to carers across the country regardless of where they live.
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East Galway Healthcare 16


Support Residential Care and the Fair Deal

  • Increase Fair Deal funding by €225m.
  • Develop a national strategy for long-term residential care of our older people that includes current and future plans for the funding and financing of this care.
  • Ensure that no Fair Deal resident is charged for services they do not use.
  • Implement the proposed Fair Deal changes for farming families.
  • Introduce an independent appeal process for nursing home providers under the Nursing Home Support Scheme.


Respite Hours

Urgent action is taken to better support carers and address years of underspending on homecare, carers payments and respite care. 

An accruing problem that will not go away.

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East Galway Healthcare 18


Recruit More Nurses

  • Recruit 4,000 additional nursing staff over the next five years.
  • Within this number we will ensure that GP’s practice nurse numbers are increased by 300 and public health nurses by 350.
  • Implement the safe staffing framework in all hospitals.
  • Target increased numbers to decrease the overreliance on agency staff.

Recruit Extra Consultants

  • Negotiate a new contract with consultants.
  • End pay inequality for post 2012 entrants.
  • Recruit at least 800 extra consultants over five years.

Epilepsy Ireland Training For Success

At is the time of year again when Epilepsy Ireland have opened enrolment for our Training for Success course in IT Sligo. Due to the individual nature of epilepsy, it can be a condition which can have a significant impact on a person’s educational and social...

Visiting Restrictions eased at Galway University Hospitals

18 June 2021 Galway University Hospitals, in line with guidance issued by national HSE, will be implementing changes to visiting arrangements at both University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital with effect from Monday 21st June 2021. From Monday,...

Details of Statutory Sick Pay Scheme Announced – All workers to get 10 days paid sick leave phased in between now and 2025

09 June 2021  All workers to get 10 days paid sick leave phased in between now and 2025 The Government’s statutory sick pay scheme will be phased in over a four-year period, starting with three days per year in 2022, rising to five days payable in 2023 and seven days...

Ongoing Disruption to Hospital Services at Galway University Hospitals

28 May 2021  Hospital services across the West and North West will face ongoing service disruptions into next week as a result of the ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems. Work is ongoing to get priority systems back including radiology, diagnostic and patient...

Ministers meet to review cyber attack

22 May 2021 The Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, the Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys and the Minister of State for Communications and eGovernment, Ossian Smyth, met again today to...

Nobody needs to walk their difficult paths alone – Pieta House – Jigsaw – 3 Day Challenge

Tuesday 25 May 2021 Partnering up with  Pieta House and Jigsaw a challenging 3-day is taking place, approximately 150km hike from Blanchardstown, Dublin to Stairway to Heaven on the Cuilcagh Mountain in Co. Fermanagh. Pieta House provides social support and care...

Potential release of data from the HSE cyber-attack

23 May 2021 The Government is aware of the risk that data stolen from the HSE may be abused by criminals and is taking measures to prevent that and to support anyone affected. It is a common feature of these kinds of cyber-attacks that the perpetrators steal data....

Updated Protocol for Employers on Ventilation, Vaccinations, Antigen Testing

14 May 2021 New guidance to protect workers & help people get back to work The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. today published updated guidance on ventilation, vaccinations and antigen testing to protect workers and...

Public information for people scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine in HSE Galway Vaccination Centre

11 May 2021 As the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues at pace in HSE Galway vaccination centre Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, the Saolta Group are launching public information to help people prepare for their appointment. ·        Find out what documents you will...

€23 million investment in Ireland’s top post-doctoral researchers

Thursday 6 May 2021 Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Friday) announced €23 million in funding for a programme for post-doctoral researchers to become research leaders The investment, which is a...

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