Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the publication of ‘Health and Well-Being 2026 – Delivering Together’ at Stormont by Health Minister Michelle O’Neill as a step towards building an all-Ireland universal health system.
The Foyle MLA said
“This Health and Wellbeing report from my party colleague and Health Minister Michelle O’Neill sets out the future shape of quality health services in the north and across the island. The publication of this report is welcome, particularly given that in the Oireachtas we have an All Party committee on future healthcare looking at a 10 year vision for the health services.
“We now need a new model of health care, which will deliver for our people, meet the challenges of the 21st century, make the most of key medical advances and address changes in our population, while supporting all our staff.
“I also welcome the fact that this report deals with the need to build upon and develop the current all-Ireland health structures as we plan for the future.
“It has already been shown that cross-border co-operation works, as has been seen with the children’s cardiac services and the new cancer centre here in Derry.
“Sinn Féin believes healthcare must be developed on an all-Ireland basis. We believe that we should move from increased cooperation to ultimately full integration of services on the island, maximising the healthcare benefits for all and achieving greater economies of scale.