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Health policy and the policymaking system: a case study of primary care in Ireland

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posted on 2022-11-24, 15:16 authored by Niall Kelly, JOHN GARVEYJOHN GARVEY, DONAL PALCICDONAL PALCIC
In 2001 the Irish government published a reforming policy intended to modernise and expand the delivery of primary care in Ireland. Fifteen years later, the Irish health system remains beset by problems indicative of a fragmented and underdeveloped primary care system. This case study examines the formation and implementation of the 2001 primary care policy and identifies key risk categories within the policymaking process itself that inhibited the timely achievement of policy objectives. Our methodology includes a directed content analysis of the policy formation and implementation documents and the influencing academic literature, as well as semi-structured interviews with key personnel involved in the process. We identify three broad risk categories - power, resources and capability - within the policymaking process that strongly influenced policy formation and implementation. We additionally show that the disjoint between policy formation and policy implementation was a contested issue among those involved in the policy process and provided space for these risks to critically undermine Ireland's primary care policy. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.



Health Policy;120 (8) pp. 913-919






This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health Policy, 120 (8), pp. 913-9193,



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