Framework for Smaller Hospitals

The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly T.D., has announced the reorganisation of public hospitals into more efficient and accountable hospital groups that will deliver improved outcomes for patients.  This represents the most fundamental reform of the Irish acute hospital system in decades.


The Government’s decision regarding the establishment and operation of the new hospital groups was informed by two reports – ‘The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a Transition to Independent Hospital Trusts’, produced by an expert group led by Professor John Higgins following consultation with stakeholders and ‘The Framework for Development – Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals’.  Both reports have been published.  These reports fulfill important commitments in Future Health, the strategic framework for reform of the health service which was published last November.