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O'Reilly welcomes launch of 'Health and Wellbeing - Delivering Together' vision

25 October, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly TD has welcomed the publication of ‘Health and Well-Being 2026 – Delivering Together’ at Stormont by Health Minister Michelle O'Neill as a step towards building an all-Ireland universal health system.  

Deputy O'Reilly said;  

"This Health and Wellbeing report from my party colleague and northern Health Minister Michelle O'Neill sets out the future shape of quality health services in the north and across the island. The publication of this report is welcome, particularly given that in the Oireachtas we have an All Party committee on future healthcare looking at a 10 year vision for the health services.

"We now need a new model of health care, which will deliver for our people, meet the challenges of the 21st century, make the most of key medical advances and address changes in our population, while supporting all our staff. 

"I also welcome the fact that this report deals with the need to build upon and develop the current all-Ireland health structures as we plan for the future.  

"It has already been shown that cross-border co-operation works, as has been seen with the children's cardiac services and the cancer centre in Derry.  

"I look forward to working with Michelle O'Neill in the delivery of this report in the future.

"Sinn Féin believes healthcare must be developed on an all-Ireland basis.  We believe that we should move from increased cooperation to ultimately full integration of services on the island, maximising the healthcare benefits for all and achieving greater economies of scale. 

"I will be circulating this report to the All Party committee on future healthcare and I will be proposing that this important aspect of health policy forms part of our deliberations."

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