It is again a great pleasure for me to introduce this latest Annual Report of
the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Children.
Previous reports of the IMO dealt with the health status of the Irish people,
children's health, and inequalities in health in Ireland. This report is published
in the aftermath of the launch of the Health Strategy Quality and Fairness: A
Health System for You and deals with the major topic identified in the
strategy, that of population health. It sets out how the population health
approach, articulated in the Health Strategy, can lead to better health for
everyone, the first national goal of the strategy.
The concept of population health is defined, the various strands are identified and the interaction of these
strands in a way which provides a coherent approach to the improvement of our peoples' health is described.
As we move along the implementation phase of the st rategy, particularly the rest ructu ring of our system, this...