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18/02/2016

Health Conference Attended By Five Main Political Parties

A major health summit has been held in Belfast and been attended by the five main political parties.

The summit, chaired by Professor Rafael Bengoa, aimed to consider the principles that should underpin the future model of health and social care in Northern Ireland with the aim of starting to build consensus, across the political spectrum, about the future delivery model for this area of public services.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton appointed the expert panel in January to consider and lead a debate on the best configuration of Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland.
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At the summit, the panel presented a discussion paper containing draft principles for the parties to reflect upon and to respond with views by the 26 February 2016.

Speaking after the conference, Professor Bengoa said: "Today we had a very constructive discussion with the political representatives and everyone was in agreement that we need to work together to deliver the best possible health outcomes for Northern Ireland's population and to tackle the inequalities which exist.

"I and my fellow panel members want to thanks those that attended the summit for their open and full engagement in the discussion which has given us encouragement to move forward."

(MH/JP)

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