09 March 2020 – Increased funding for health system

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Health services
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Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: The Irish Government allocated 435 million extra funding for its public health system to assist its response to the coronavirus.

The funding is to be used for strengthening capacity for contact tracing and response, freeing up space in hospitals and in intensive care and high-dependency units, developing and scaling community-based responses.

The funding will also be used for public information campaigns, increased staffing, centralised procurement of medical supplies and devices, and greater use of technology and telephone support.
Full details here: https://www.gov.ie/en/news/72ecf5-government-agrees-next-phase-of-irelands-covid-19-response/