Big challenge ahead is Health

Due to my work, I write very little here about Health issues.

However, it is a simple matter of fact that Health is the biggest devolved Budget in Northern Ireland, and reforming it is the biggest challenge. Whatever emerges this week, therefore, there must be political clarity about how Health reform proceeds, and there must be no reasonable prospect of the political direction of travel being overturned.

I am doubtful, sadly, that this is manageable. The difficulty with all politics being local is that overarching regional issues are very hard to put through. This is troubling.

We will watch what emerges with interest and hope it is in the interests of patients and Health workers.



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