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Primary care and community services in Northern Ireland to get cash injection

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.


Further information

DH: Health and social care transformation funding announced