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Further dates announced for public consultation meetings

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced a series of further public meetings to be held in January 2017 on the proposed criteria to be used to reconfigure, change and improve our health service.

The nine new dates and venues announced are:

04 January - Cookstown, Glenavon Hotel, 7pm-9pm.

05 January - Lisburn, Trinity Community, 7pm-9pm.

09 January - North Belfast, Duncairn Centre, 7pm-9pm.

10 January - Central Belfast, Belfast Central Mission, 7pm-9pm.

11 January - Coleraine, The Sandel Centre, 7pm-9pm.

12 January - Downpatrick, The Cricket Club, 7pm-9pm.

16 January - Newry, Newry Conferencing & Banquet Centre, 7pm-9pm.

17 January - Enniskillen, Killyhevlin Hotel, 7pm-9pm.

18 January - Ballymena, Adair Arms, 7pm-9pm.

The Minister is fulfilling her commitment outlined in her report, Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together, to carry out a consultation process on the criteria set out in the expert panel report headed up by Professor Rafael Bengoa.

Minister O’Neill said: “I want to hear what you have to say. Your views matter and I can assure you that they will be given full consideration in reaching my decision on whether to adopt the criteria that will inform the future of our health and social care system, including: where delivery needs to be improved or where the continuation of services in their present form is unsustainable.”

The Minister continued: “It is vital that we get the criteria right at the very beginning of the process to enable a clear and transparent framework for assessing how services are configured in the future.

“At the heart of this is the core aim of ensuring that patients receive the best care available the first time, every time, resulting in better health outcomes for the patient, with quicker recovery times and less need for follow up care.”

The consultation will run until Friday 20 January 2017. You can find out more at


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