Removing private activity from public hospitals and its impact on the healthcare system

Event Type

3.45 pm - 4:00 pm: Tea/Coffee reception

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Event

The Alex Hotel, 41-47 Fenian St, Dublin 2

As part of the Sláintecare programme to reform Ireland's healthcare system, an Independent Review Group has recommended that private medical practice be ended in public hospitals.  The approach to the provision of healthcare in Ireland is of great national interest from a societal perspective. This forum aims to explore and debate the different aspects and implications of the Sláintecare proposals for Ireland's healthcare system.


Speakers representing several of the key stakeholders will present at this forum.

In addition, a Q & A panel will allow many of the key issues to be discussed in detail.

Brendan McCarthy FSAI, Chair of the Healthcare Committee, Society of Actuaries in Ireland will chair this forum.

Sheelagh Malin FSAI, Vice President of the Society and Chairperson of the Health Insurance Authority, will be moderating the Q&A panel.

The speakers/presenters will include:

Colm Ó Conaill, Head of Private Health Insurance at the Department of Health (Presenting and Q&A Panel).

Dr Donal de Buitléir, Chair of the Independent Review Group established to examine private activity in public hospitals as recommended in the Sláintecare report (Presenting and Q&A Panel).

Martin Varley, Secretary General of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (Presenting and Q&A Panel).

Paul Connor FSAI FIA, Director, Deloitte, co-author of the Report commissioned by the Department of Health on the possible impact of the removal of private practice from Irish public hospitals (Presenting and Q&A Panel).

Ms Sarah O’Connor, Chief Executive of the Asthma Society of Ireland (Q&A Panel only).

Dr Josh Keaveny, chair of the Private Hospitals Association (Q&A Panel only).