Morning Plenary Session

8:50

Welcome from the Chair

Audrey Carville

Audrey Carville

Journalist and Broadcaster, RTE

International Evidence And Experience

9:00

International Keynote Address: The OECD’s prescription for Ireland’s health service

Ireland has seen remarkable improvements in the health of our population in the last few decades, however many challenges lie ahead for our health system. The OECD’s 2016 analysis pinpoints several issues that we need to address. So, what is their prescription for the Irish health service?

Gaetan Lafortune

Gaetan Lafortune

Senior Economist, Health Division, OECD (France)

Creating Exceptional Care, Without Exception

9:30

Policy Panel Discussion: A new agenda for change?

The cross-party committee on the future of our health service is an unprecedented response to the obvious failings in our health system. The problems are well known and have been around for a long time, with calls for reforms like rationalising the acute hospital system and developing primary care going back decades. But is the latest initiative merely a talking shop? Or the answer to creating a long-term roadmap for reform of our health service that will be implemented no matter who is in government over the next decade?
Our opening panel considers such questions as:

  • What kind of healthcare system is most suitable for Ireland?
  • How should it be funded?
  • How much are we prepared to spend and how do we ensure the system’s financial stability?
  • Improving access and responsiveness to the changing needs of our ageing population
  • How can we change our healthcare model from hospital to the community and primary care? What are the barriers that need to be removed to achieve this?
Roisin Shortall

Roisin Shortall

TD, Social Democrats and Chair of all-party Oireachtas committee on Future of Healthcare

Dr. Sara Burke

Dr. Sara Burke

Health policy analyst and researcher, Trinity College Dublin

Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien

Director General, Health Services Executive

Leo Kearns

Leo Kearns

CEO, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland

10:15

Morning Break

Choose Your Stream

Better Health Outcomes For All

Explore Stream 1

Talent Management And Retention

Explore Stream 2

The Empowered Patient

Explore Stream 3

12:50

Lunch

Afternoon Plenary Session

2:00

Welcome back from the Chair

Audrey Carville

Audrey Carville

Journalist and Broadcaster, RTE

2:05

Keynote Address: Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD

Simon Harris TD

Simon Harris TD

Minister for Health

2:30

The story of Roscommon Hospital and the lessons to be learned

“ I do not think enough people were willing to stand up and be counted” said former TD Frank Feighan, who feels vindicated as our Health Minister recently opened a new endoscopy unit at Roscommon University Hospital. Frank gives his very personal account of how Roscommon hospital now has a secure future following his stand on supporting the closure of the local A&E and the successful reconfiguration of services.

Plus, we will hear the clinical perspective on Roscommon’s reconfiguration.

Frank Feighan

Frank Feighan

Senator

Pat Nash

Pat Nash

Group Clinical Director, Saolta

3:05

Panel Discussion: Looking forward: The health service in 2027?

In our closing session, we ask our panellists to gaze into a crystal ball… what do they see 10 years from now? Will we have a radically redesigned healthcare system? What will have changed? What will excellent care look like?

Eilish Hardiman

Eilish Hardiman

CEO, Children's Hospital Group

Ger Brennan

Ger Brennan

Managing Director, MSD Ireland

Yvonne Goff

Yvonne Goff

Chief Clinical Information Officer, eHealth Ireland

John O'Dwyer

John O'Dwyer

CEO, VHI Healthcare

3:55

Wrap up and closing remarks