We believe better organisation in the NHS would mean shorter waiting lists, more hospital beds, more efficient A&E departments and more appropriate staff in frontline services.
The SDLP are concerned at some of the proposals contained within the Transforming Your Care consultation, as the Minister is advocating a move towards part-privitisation of our health and social care in the the North. We believe that this is against the fundamental principles of the NHS, and have called on the Minister to ensure that healthcare remains free at the point of need, and have alerted him to the failures of the integrated approach in England.
The SDLP believes cross-border cooperation would provide better service for patients in the North. Within an island of 6 million people, it makes sense to share expertise and equipment. We are committed to improved cross border arrangements regarding acute hospitals and GP out-of-hours services. Read "North South Makes Sense."