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Controversial new policy is being hampered by budget cuts

Q. What is Transforming Your Care?

A. The biggest review of health and social services in Northern Ireland in a generation.

Q. What is its aim?

A. The review commissioned in June 2011 by the former Health Minister Edwin Poots said that a shift to more community-based care was needed.

The TYC programme was launched in recognition that people in Northern Ireland are living longer and, therefore, services will face more pressure.

Q. How long was it expected to take to introduce the new system?

A. It was estimated that the implementation of the new system would take between three and five years, but it would be influenced by "financial circumstances".

Q. What are the main concerns?

A. The idea of Transforming Your Care has received widespread support among health professionals. However, budget cuts facing the health service are preventing it from being implemented.

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