Seminar with the Institute for British-Irish Studies

The Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS), University College Dublin, in association with the International Centre for Local and Regional Development and the Centre for Cross Border Studies hosted a seminar entitled ‘Should Ambulances Stop at the Border? The Challenge of Cooperation in Healthcare Provision’ on Wednesday 13th of June 2012, at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. The seminar was very well attended, with over 60 healthcare policy-makers and professionals from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The seminar was chaired by Dr Maurice Hayes and addressed questions around an all-island strategy on health and the desirability of deepening cross-border healthcare co-operation to increase access to specialist services and facilities. The debate focused on local provision of services and issues around funding and the future of existing services as illustrated by Tom Daly and Bernie McCrory’s (Co-operation and Working Together – CAWT) presentation. Dr. Ronan Foley (NUIM) and Vanya Sargent (Crowe Horwath) underlined the importance of evidence-base for ensuring a coherent and equitable provision of services.  Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General of the Department of Health, assured maintenance of service provision and emphasised the good relations that already exist in terms of cross-border collaboration in the coordination and delivery of healthcare services.

The list of speakers that contributed to the seminar are listed below, and their presentations are available for download:

Dr. Ronan Foley, NUI Maynooth Click here to download

Tom Daly and Bernie McCrory, Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Click here to download presentation

Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General of the Department of Health

Vanya Sargent, Crowe Horwath Click here to download