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Department of Health (Ireland)

The Department of Health's statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services. This is carried out in conjunction with the Health Services Executive, voluntary service providers, Government Departments and other interested parties.


The mission of the Department of Health is:

To improve the health and well-being of people in Ireland in a manner that promotes better health for everyone, fair access, responsive and appropriate care delivery, and high performance.


To support the Minister and the Government by:

  • advising on the strategic development of the health system including policy and legislation;
  • supporting their parliamentary, statutory and international functions;
  • evaluating the performance of the health and social services; and
  • working with other sectors to enhance people’s health and well-being.

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