Category Archives: Health

Budgeting for health

An overview of how Northern Ireland’s Health Service is financed. The health and social care system’s share of current expenditure should rise from 41.7 per cent to 43.5 per cent over the...

Health Committee progress report

Michael McKernan reviews the Health Committee’s work in the current Assembly term. A more workmanlike attitude between the Minister and members has resulted in better scrutiny of this vital policy area. Although...

Better skills, Better jobs, Better health

More apprenticeships in the health sector can help to improve well-being and create more job opportunities. Skills for Health is a not-for-profit registered charity whose purpose is to help health care employers...

Fresh thinking in health

An overview of innovative ideas in health policy taken up by the main Assembly parties. Interest groups regularly draw up policy proposals for healthcare, some of which make their way into political...

Health in the Programme for Government

agendaNi finds that more detail is needed to measure progress against the Executive’s targets. When it comes to hard targets for health delivery, the Executive’s Programme for Government comes up short. The...

Complaints must be valued

The vast majority of people who use health and social care services receive a high quality service that is safe and of a high quality. For others, however, their experience of health...

All-island review for heart services

An all-island review of cardiology and cardiac surgery for congenital heart disease has been announced by Health Minister Edwin Poots and his Irish counterpart, James Reilly. The review will run from January...

Health in statistics

Key figures on the Northern Ireland’s population and its use of health and social care services.   Life expectancy Male 77.7 years Female 82.1 years Source: NISRA (covering 2010-2012) Vital statistics Year...