Northern Ireland Health Transformation Process: an Update on progress from the Department for Health

13 Sep 2017     Last updated: 14 Mar 2019

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On 25 October 2016, the then Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill launched “Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together”.

Her vision for transformation of health and social care was based on the report of the Expert Panel, led by Professor Rafael Bengoa.

The Minister with the support of all her Executive colleagues set out an agenda for change that would transform the Health Service and make it the best it could be in the 21st Century.  She recognised the task would be difficult but critical to undertake if Northern Ireland’s Citizens where to have a health service that would meet their needs appropriately at the time they needed it.

The absence of a local Health Minister is a setback but the background work has been on-going under the leadership of the Transformation Implementation Group.  The TIG has provided these updates on all the transformation work streams as well as a list of work stream members.

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey noted ‘significant work has clearly been taking place but it is critical that we resolve political difficulties stalling the return of a local Northern Ireland Executive to deliver the transformation of a Health Vision that people can trust in. Professor Bengoa  was clear that if we carry on as we are it will provide the worst outcome for poor health; we need to change to achieve the best for people’.

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