The 23-member Council includes people from a range of backgrounds, including two trained nurses:
• Annette Kennedy, WHO Commissioner and President of the International Council of Nurses,
• Liam Doran, former General Secretary of the INMO.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“Health care should be for all, based on need not on means. We have always been strong advocates for Sláintecare and welcome the appointment of this new council.
“Both Annette Kennedy and Liam Doran are strong advocates for patients and will bring vital nursing and midwifery perspectives to the council.
"Sláintecare is a major opportunity for patients and staff alike, which could open up nursing-led care in communities across the country.
“But for it to make a real difference, government need to dedicate serious additional investment in the health service. The upcoming budget has to reflect this. We’re facing a real crisis in our health service and are struggling to provide safe levels of care.
“The difficulties in recruiting and retaining nurses and midwives remain. Without real reform and pay equality, the problems will only continue.”
INMO President, Martina Harkin-Kelly, said:
“Nurses and midwives are looking forward to working with the Sláintecare team to reform our health service and end the two-tier system.
“I wish the new council members well and encourage the government to ensure that Sláintecare gets the funding it needs to deliver a health service Ireland can be proud of.”