Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured with members of the Drogheda COPD Support Group in 2017 – front row from left: Olive Clarke, Marie Cunningham, Dympna Daly and Patsy Allen. Back row: Tina Williams, Pauline O’Neill, Minister Harris Brendan McConnon, Deputy Fergus O’Dowd and John Russell.
Fine Gael Deputy, Fergus O’Dowd, has announced that Louth is to benefit from Sláintecare funding as part of two projects for the CHO8 area.
Deputy O’Dowd said the projects are designed to move more care into the community and will lead to improvements for patients with chronic conditions including COPD, diabetes and heart failure, as well as supporting older people to be cared for in their own homes.
O’Dowd said “Local COPD organisations will be boosted by the announcement that a Community Based Integrated Respiratory Service will be funded across the six counties of Louth, Meath, Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.”
Deputy O’Dowd said: “Sláintecare is our plan to reform the health service, dismantle the HSE and deliver more care close to home.
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“This will take time but we want to start rewarding people who are embracing the Sláintecare vision and encourage everyone to think how we can provide more integrated care.
“That’s why my Fine Gael colleague Minister for Health Simon Harris established the Sláintecare Integration Fund and I am delighted we are now announcing the successful applicants with €20 million in funding for 122 projects across the country”
Minister for Health Simon Harris said: “These projects show how joined-up thinking and working in partnership can help us reach Sláintecare’s goals of shifting the majority of care to the community, reducing waiting lists and improving experiences for patients and staff across the health and social care service in Ireland.”