Hospitals Group Board meets in Portiuncula

The Board of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospitals Group met in Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe last week – the fourth meeting of the full Board since the non-Executive Directors of the Board were appointed in January.

It was also the first meeting since the Minister for Health announced the expansion of the Group to include Mayo, Letterkenny and Sligo last week.

“Last week was another milestone in the development of hospital groups and in particular for the newly expanded hospital group for the West / North West. It is the intention of the Board and the management team of the Group to become the first hospital trust in the country,” said Board chairman Noel Daly.

“We have had a head start with part of the Group already up and running for over a year now. The remit of the Board is to develop effective corporate and clinical governance structures along with quality and safety systems of care for patients. Much of the groundwork for this has been completed which will make it easier to integrate all the hospitals into a common governance arrangement and put structures in place to bring the seven hospitals to the next level of performance and accountability,” he added.

“Minister Reilly has described the formation of the new hospital groups as the most fundamental reform of the Irish acute hospital system in decades. The Group now has more autonomy to manage resources, both funding and staffing, in a way that is appropriate to the needs of our patients.

“In addition, the Minister laid out the road map for the development of the hospital groups, leading to the establishment of hospital trusts on a statutory basis in 2015. The Department of Health will put in place an overarching policy framework to guide the reorganisation of hospital services from a national standpoint and the roll-out of the hospital groups will be overseen by a National Strategic Advisory Group.

“Each hospital group must develop a strategic plan for their future service configuration and these plans must describe how each group will provide more efficient and effective patient services to the respective populations.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.