Fri, 03 Dec 2021

Minister spells out health service winter plans

Northern Ireland Executive
22 Oct 2021, 21 GMT+10

Health Minister Robin Swann has updated the Assembly on the pressures facing health and social care services this winter and the planning being undertaken in preparation.

The Minister issued a Written Ministerial Statement, accompanying the publication of Health Trusts' integrated winter and surge delivery plans and Trust activity projections.

He told MLAs the Health and Social Care System is "most likely facing into the most difficult winter ever experienced", adding: "Over this summer and into the autumn, the Northern Ireland hospital system has consistently been operating above capacity, with many patients waiting on trollies for admission. This situation is unheard of during the summer months and is an indication of the scale of unscheduled pressures likely facing the HSC system this winter."

The statement to the Assembly sets out a wide range of measures to support the HSC system through this winter. It also highlights additional funding committed by the Minister.

This includes:

  • 16.5 million in-year funding to support the No More Silos initiative to reduce pressures on urgent and emergency care, taking the total funding to 21.2 million this financial year;
  • 31.5 million to support elective care already secured through June Monitoring and an additional 30 million bid tabled in the October Monitoring round;
  • 12 million in-year funding to further support our social care sector.

These funding allocations are in addition to Covid-related funding sought through in year monitoring and the 5.5 million in-year and funding announced last week to support GP services this winter.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Written Ministerial Statement can be read on the Department of Health website.
  2. The Trust plans can be read on the Department of Health website.
  3. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office by
  4. Follow us on Twitter@healthdpt

  5. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours serviceFor Media Enquiries Onlybetween 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110

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