Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has chaired the first meeting of the Strategic Health Partnership Forum, which brings together senior leaders and Union representatives from across the HSC.
Going forward, the Forum will discuss the strategic direction of health and social care services in the north of Ireland.
Speaking at the first meeting, the Minister said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to chair the first meeting of the Strategic Health Partnership Forum. We cannot underestimate the importance of meaningful engagement and working together in partnership.
“There is no doubt that we face challenges ahead, but the health and social care family must come together to offer solutions, influence policy and consider how health outcomes can be best delivered for people here in the north. If we do that, we can refocus our efforts in providing a world class health service for all our citizens.”
The Minister concluded: “Since I took up the post of Health Minister, I have made it clear that I am committed to real engagement, I want to listen to ideas from the grass roots and where I can, I want to make changes that reflect that. I am looking forward to an on-going engagement with the Forum and I am thankful for their contributions.”
Notes to editors:
- The strategic Health Partnership Forum was established by Minister O’Neill on 23 August 2016
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