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Should Ambulances stop at the Border? The Challenge of Cooperation in Healthcare Provision

Royal Irish Academy, Dublin
Wednesday, 13 June 2012









From l-r: Dr Maurice Hayes, Tom Daly, Bernie McCrory,
Vanya Sargent, Dr Ronan Foley

Chair: Dr Maurice Hayes 

Panel: Tom Daly (CAWT), Dr Ronan Foley (NUIM/ICLRD), Bernie McCrory (CAWT), Dr Ambrose McLoughlin (Dept of Health) and Vanya Sargent (Crowe Horwath)

With access to world-class healthcare coming under increasing strain both north and south of the border, is there a case for an all-island strategy on health? Recent statements by senior policy makers on both sides of the border have pointed to the desirability of deepening cooperation between the two jurisdictions. For example, in areas such as cystic fibrosis and cancer care, Ireland performs badly in global league tables. Could we benefit from increased cross-border cooperation, thus availing of more specialists and better facilities? At a more prosaic level, what procedures are in place in the event of a cross-border emergency? In short, is a coherent and cohesive all-island health initiative a feasible and practical viability? This event brought together healthcare policymakers and professionals to debate these issues. 

This lecture was jointly organised by IBIS, the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) and the Centre for Cross Border Studies.

IBIS is grateful to the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support of this evening lecture