Delivering together to make a difference - Minister Michelle O'Neill
Health Minister Michelle O’Neill this afternoon met with members of the NI Confederation for Health and Social Care (NICON) in Parliament Buildings.
The Minister met NICON members following the publication of the Expert Panel’s Report and Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together last week. Speaking at the meeting the Minister said:
“Since last Tuesday’s announcement, I have been pleased with the reaction to the Reports and the feedback has been broadly positive. Since taking up post, I have been listening to HSC staff and users and what I have heard is that they are ready for change, they want change and are demanding change. When we work together, we can make a real and lasting difference.
“I believe in a universal health service, based on need, free at the point of delivery and my overriding ambition is for all of us to lead long, healthy and active lives. I want to see a future in which people are provided with the information, education and support to enable them to keep well in the first place. When care is needed, it should be safe and of high quality. Those who use services should be treated with dignity, respect and compassion. I want to see a health and social care system which is efficient and sustainable, where best practice is the norm and where investment is made in areas that will positively impact service users.
“My vision for health and social care will require whole system transformation across primary, secondary and community care and, a radical change to the way we access services.”
Minister O’Neill received the Expert Panel’s Report “Systems, Not Structures: Changing Health and Social Care” in July 2016 and stated that she planned to use this work as the foundation for her own approach to the long term future of health and social care in the north. Both the Expert Panel’s Report and the Minister’s plan were published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016.
Concluding Minister O’Neill added:
“It is my belief that we have a real and unique opportunity. We are facing into a time of change but it is change that must happen. Delivering Together sets out a direction of travel that I hope all of our society can embrace and support in the challenging but potentially rewarding times ahead. If we are serious about improving the health of our population and supporting people to lead, long healthy and active lives, then we must deliver change.”