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Date: 25/10/2016

A radical shake-up of Northern Ireland's health and social care system to make it fit for the 21st Century has been unveiled.

Michelle O'NeillHealth Minister Michelle O'Neill has set out a 10-year plan to improve a system at "breaking point".

She outlined 18 time-specific actions based on the Bengoa Report.

The report does not mention hospital closures, but services within the trusts will have to meet criteria to prove they are viable and to stay open.

Opposition politicians have questioned the lack of details in the plans.

The report has three goals - transforming the health service; reconfiguring services and instituting immediate change.

It was commissioned by Stormont ministers seeking advice on how to improve services, cut waiting lists and care for an aging population.

The priorities outlined in Ms O'Neill's 10-year plan, Delivering Together, include:

  • A renewed focus on prevention and keeping people well
  • Better capacity in primary care, based on substantial additional investment
  • Reform of hospital services
  • A renewed focus on partnership and co-design

View the full article: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37729603

Further information

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575

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