"The ultimate goal of the committee would be the production of a long-term evidence based policy plan for the Irish Health Service. The Committee would be mandated to report within 6 months."
This is exactly the kind of cross party collaboration that can happen in a minority Dáil, I'm very pleased to see SocDems leading on it and hopeful that it will be voted on quickly and the committee will get to work.
Originally posted by Roisin Shorthall
The Motion (Full Text)
That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, and recognising:
the severe pressures on the Irish health service, the unacceptable waiting times that arise for public patients, and the poor outcomes relative to cost;
the need for consensus at political level on the health service funding model;
the need to establish a universal single-tier service where patients are treated on the basis of health need rather than on ability to pay;
that the best health outcomes and value for money can be achieved by re-orientating the model of care towards primary and community care where the majority of people’s health needs can be met locally;
and with the intention of adopting a 10 year plan for our health services, based on political consensus, that can deliver these changes,
a) a Special Committee shall be established to devise cross-party agreement on the future direction of health policy in Ireland; within 3 weeks of the passing of this motion;
b) the Committee shall examine different funding models for the health service;
c) the Committee shall make recommendations on the funding models that are best suited to Ireland and have these models fully costed;
d) the Committee shall examine and make recommendations on how best to re-orientate the health service on a phased basis towards primary and community care in as short a timeframe as possible;
e) notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 93, the Committee shall elect one of its members to be Chairman, who shall have one vote;
f) the Committee shall be mandated to hold hearings in public with expert witnesses; invite and accept written submissions; draw up a report(s); make findings; and/or suggest recommendations if the membership so agrees in unison or in majority/minority format;
g) the Committee shall produce an interim report, containing also its proposed work schedule, to be debated at a meeting of the Dáil no less than one week, and no more than two months, after its establishment;
h) within six months of the initial meeting, a final report by the Committee shall be presented to the Ceann Comhairle for earliest possible discussion in the House;
i) the Committee shall meet as frequently as appropriate to fulfil its remit; and
j) the Committee membership shall be made up of three members appointed by Fine Gael, three members by Fianna Fáil, two members by Sinn Féin, one member by the Labour Party and five members representing the independent deputies and members from other political parties.
When that motion has 60% parliamentary backing it defacto is.
And not just here...
Whether it's health, taxation, the environment there is vast acreage of common ground amongst the left dominated dail.
No need for empty motions when they could & should have formed a government.
One much stronger & cohesive than the neutered nothing we got.
One thing to have agreement on health, quite another for six parties to agree a PfG across fifteen departments. Still, good to see that all the opposition parties are actually taking constructive advantage of the Dáil arithmetic.