BMA launches Northern Ireland health reform vision

BMA Northern Ireland has published a 'vision' for a health service it says will ensure parity of doctors' terms and conditions with other UK countries.

Publishing a range of recommendations, BMA (NI) chairman Dr Paul Darragh said the health service in Northern Ireland should focus on outcomes and efficient long-term planning. 

'The vision outlined in this document includes features that BMA believes are essential to the delivery of an effective and fully integrated health service for Northern Ireland,' he said.

The document contains practical steps for Northern Ireland's assembly government to consider, including:

  • Parity of terms and conditions for doctors in Northern Ireland with those of other UK countries.
  • Ensuring there is a level playing field in terms of retention and recruitment in for the healthcare system in Northern Ireland.
  • Service reconfiguration in secondary care.
  • Commissioning of services on a nation, regional or local scale depending on the outcome of health needs assessments.

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