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The map of the six new Regional Health Areas, which puts west Wicklow in area B and east Wicklow in area C

The map of the six new Regional Health Areas, which puts west Wicklow in area B and east Wicklow in area C

The map of the six new Regional Health Areas, which puts west Wicklow in area B and east Wicklow in area C

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West Wicklow will be separated from the rest of the county under new plans to restructure health services.

The new Regional Health Areas are in line with recommendations made in the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare Sláintecare Report (2017), that regional bodies should be responsible for the planning and delivery of integrated health and social care services

Six new Regional Health Areas will be established. West Wicklow is part of Area B, which also includes Dublin South City, Dublin South West, Dublin West, Kildare, Laois/ Offaly and Longford/Westmeath. The rest of the county will be placed in Area C alongside Dublin (South East), Dun Laoghaire, Wexford, Carlow/Kilkenny, Waterford and South Tipperary.

West Wicklow is already located in a different Community Health Organisation (CHO) area from the remainder of the county.

The six proposed areas are based on population data including how people currently access health services, as well as a public consultation.

Health Minister Simon Harris said: 'This is a key day for the delivery of Sláintecare and for the reform of our health service. This week's announcement identifies the six regions which will be used in developing structures for the delivery of integrated care. This will result in clear financial and performance accountability, empower frontline staff and devolve authority from the HSE to the local regions.'

Stakeholders in each of the areas will be invited to contribute to the design of the services for their new regions. Work will also now be undertaken to detail the national and regional organisational design which will be brought back to Government for approval within twelve months. Once established, these six regional bodies will be enabled to plan, fund, manage and deliver integrated care for people in their region.

'This is only one of a number of decisions that need to be taken in relation to the future development of our health service structure,' added Minister Harris.

'It is important that there is now clarity on the future regional areas and detailed work can start on designing the new regional bodies. I look forward to engaging with key stakeholders, including the public, patients and staff as part of this process.'


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