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Healthcare policy must prioritise Primary Care Teams, community supports and social care infrastructure
Ending the ongoing spiral of healthcare crises in Ireland requires that Primary Care Teams (PCTs) and the linked community supports and social care infrastructure must be put at the centre of healthcare policy and resourced adequately according to Social Justice Ireland’s latest Policy Briefing. This approach would enable communities to look after their own people locally with their families and friends where they want to be according to Social Justice Ireland.
Healthcare is a social right that every person should enjoy. People should be assured that care in their times of vulnerability is guaranteed. This is patently not the case at present. Major change is required.
- Accessible and acceptable to the community they serve;
- Responsive to the needs of the local community and its particular set of requirements;
- Developed to a position of dominance in relation to acute hospital services and be accepted as theprimary health and social care option to be accessed by the community;
- Supportive of local people in their efforts to build caring communities.
- Integrate the acute hospital care system
- Integrate the community-based service system
- Integrate both hospital and community systems to ensure that there is a consistent and seamless approach to service delivery where the person is at the centre of the service.
- Develop and enhance a social care model of service focused on supporting local communities in improving the overall health and wellbeing of the population.
The standard of care provided is dependent, among other things, on the resources made available which in turn is dependent on the expectations of the society.
For years Ireland has struggled to deliver a fair and equitable healthcare system in which people could have trust. Social Justice Ireland welcomes the new Government’s commitment to produce a one-tier healthcare system. Budget 2012 is a good opportunity to move in this direction.