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Use ‘the Dal’ as model of excellence!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Use ‘the Dal’ as model of excellence! thumbnailThe Department of Health representatives heard how people in Ballycastle have been “scarred” by the threat to Dalriada Hospital and how they feared the public meetings could be seen as a consultation.

THOSE gathered at a public consultation in Ballycastle last week to discuss the future of social care services urged Senior Department of Health representatives to use the Dalriada Hospital as a 'flagship of excellence'.
The public consultations came on the back of the 10 year vision for health and social care launched by Health Minister Michelle O'Neill back in October.
The vision entitled, 'Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together' was launched after considering the Expert Panel's report, led by Professor Rafael Bengoa, 'Systems, Not Structures: Changing Health and Social Care' which clearly sets out the need for change.
The criteria raised in the Bengoa report was brought before the public at a number of meetings throughout December and January, with the one in Ballycastle in December proving so popular that a second one was arranged for this week.
During Wednesday's meeting, instigated by the Department of Health, facilitated by Independent Consultant Patricia Donnelly and attended by around 60 members of the public, those gathered heard Mr Jackie Johnston, a senior representative for the Department of Health said despite the uncertainty at Stormont, the current Health Minister Michelle O'Neill was still keen to hear local opinion.

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