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Treasuring Our NHS

Policy Overview

The National Health Service is a British Institution that is a top priority for people here. It is a service that since it was founded has evolved to ensure it can deliver healthcare free at the point of delivery while challenged by growing demand and keeping up with advances in medical science and care. Factors include an older population, growth in chronic conditions, unhealthy lifestyles and access to new drugs or treatment regimes.

The DUP is committed to maintaining the NHSNI as free at the point of delivery and ensuring it can face those challenges. In terms of resources, the DUP has consistently made Health spending a top priority and in the 2016 Assembly election committed to £1bn more. This is why the DUP used its influence in London to deliver over £400m investment in health.

Money alone is not the answer. Northern Ireland has the highest spend per capita of all of the UK, but all too often only achieve the lowest outcomes. We need to invest more but we must maximise the results from our investment.

The DUP ambition for the NHSNI is that it is not lagging but leading on healthcare in the United Kingdom. This can be fulfilled by investing and reforming.

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