Will money from DUP deal help ease pressures in Northern Ireland?
Northern Ireland’s Department of Health (DH) has announced added funding of up to £30m for reforming community and hospital services including pharmacy, and £15m for primary care.
The money comes from the £100m health and social care transformation fund element of the money allocated to the DUP in return for supporting the Conservative government at Westminster.
The £30m investment in community and hospital services will be used to implement new strategies for services including medicines optimisation, diabetes care and cancer prevention, and to reconfigure services, including stand-alone day case surgery.
The £15m for primary care includes £5m to roll-out multidisciplinary teams at GP practices, which is aimed at providing more care close to patients’ homes.
This will initially be piloted in two areas.