NI Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Health Funding Priorities in the 18/19 Budget

The Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee has published its Terms of Reference for its call for written evidence into funding priorities for Health in the 2018/2019 budget. 


The deadline is 24th August and the Committee invites written evidence on the following issues:

  • Are the funds allocated to the Department of Health in the Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill sufficient to improve levels of performance across the Health and Social Care (HSC) service in Northern Ireland?
  • What will be the consequences for the HSC that follow from the decision by the Secretary of State to allow £100m of existing funding ring-fenced for capital to be invested in ongoing public service provision?
  • Should the UK Government ensure that additional confidence and supply funding earmarked for specific areas is spent on those areas, and if so how?
  • Which areas of health and social care are under most pressure and how could funding be used to alleviate these pressures?
  • How could funding be directed to meet the changing patterns of demand that arise from an ageing population?
  • How can access to cancer treatment and drugs be improved in Northern Ireland?
  • How could funding be targeted to reduce waiting times for elective care?
  • How could funding in the short-term be used to bring about long-term transformational change in the HSC?
  • Does the current HSC workforce model secure value for money?