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How long must we wait for reform of NI health and social care?

Deirdre Heenan and Mark Dayan


After Covid-19, we desperately need a much better plan, say Deirdre Heenan and Mark Dayan

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'At the beginning of June, Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann launched his Framework for Rebuilding Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.'

'At the beginning of June, Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann launched his Framework for Rebuilding Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.'

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'At the beginning of June, Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann launched his Framework for Rebuilding Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.'

At the beginning of June, Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann launched his Framework for Rebuilding Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. Acknowledging that the health and social care system was in very serious difficulties long before the pandemic, he stressed that the virus had multiplied the challenges and pressures.

But this document is about the first steps to recovery from the immediate crisis. It is not a detailed and comprehensive strategy for addressing the longer-term problems the virus exacerbated. It says relatively little about waiting lists, other than ordering trusts to create rolling three-month plans to increase the volume of treatment after historic slowdowns.


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