• Login
INMO Welcomes Minister's Statement on the future of Healthcare - 22.03.17
Press Release

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), which represents almost 40,000 nurses and midwives in Ireland, welcomes much of the comments by Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD earlier today, to the Oireachtas Committee on the future of healthcare.

In particular, we welcome the Minister’s comments proposing:              

-    A slimmed down management bureaucracy within our health system;
-    Organisational reform leading to integrated care across the country; and,
-    A greater role for clinicians, working in the frontline, in the management, and delivery, of healthcare and health services generally.

The INMO has, together with  ICTU, called, in both our written and oral submissions to this Oireachtas Committee, for a major, radical, reform of our health service delivering, within 10 years, the following:

-    A single tiered public health service where access is determined solely by need and not ability to pay;
-    Four Regional Health Authorities providing integrated care for the entire population;
-    The removal of the layers of bureaucracy currently impeding clinical decision making and empowerment of professionals in the frontline; and,
-    The funding of healthcare maintained at a minimum of 10% of GDP through a central funding arrangement.

The Minister’s comments, at today’s committee meeting, essentially reflect similar thinking, to the INMO.  We call upon the Committee to propose this radical change when it issues its report in the coming weeks.

Speaking this lunchtime INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said:

“It is imperative that this Oireachtas Committee recognises, in its report, the inherent unfairness, perverse incentives and inequities  which currently  exist as a direct result of our two tiered health service.  It is patently wrong that an ability to pay guarantees the individual quicker access to essential diagnostics and treatments, if required, than the person who is solely reliant upon the public health service.

Political consensus must emerge, as part of this process. This must remove health, from the battleground of elections and political ideology and place it firmly in the space of a world class public health service being a social good which strengthens our economy.

The change will take time, and there will be resistance, and political leadership will be required.  However the rewards, for every citizen of Ireland regardless of income or need, will be significant.”


Press Releases
Rss feed
Storm Emma/Ophelia
Members Update 06.06.18
INMO Welcome Bed Capacity Report Findings
Investment and reform must go hand in hand if we are to end overcrowding
November figures confirm 7% reduction
Press Release - 04.12.17
INMO Pre-Budget Submission
Press Release 01.10.17
Attention all INMO Members 21st March 2017
Nationwide Consultation Meetings - Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health -...
Question and Answers 7th March 2017
Q&A Document on negotiated proposals
INMO to Ballot on Expanded Proposals
Press Release - 04.03.17
INMO agrees to WRC discussions
Press Release - 01.03.17
Industrial Action Dungarvan
Press Release 10.11.16
Press Conference
Diary Notice - 08.11.16
Global Solidarity Summer School 2016
INMO President's Report
INMO renews call for action
Press Release 04.08.16
Site Map
Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (Cumann Altrai agus Ban Cabhrach na hEireann). The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7. T:0016640600 E:inmo@inmo.ie