Individual Funding Request Review

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 28th November 2016.

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Photo of Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong Alliance 2:30 pm, 28th November 2016

Minister, earlier in Question Time, you provided a slight indication about the review of individual funding requests. I am asking for a bit more detail. You mentioned it will, potentially, be rolled out in 2016-17. Are we talking about the start of the financial year from April? As you are well aware, some of the people who are on the list are waiting the outcomes —

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

Can we move to the question, please?

Photo of Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong Alliance

T8. Ms Armstrong asked the Minister of Health when the review of the individual funding requests will come out. (AQT 543/16-21)

Photo of Michelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin

I intend to try to announce the way forward before the end of this financial year. As I said, the current process is not transparent enough. People do not know how to access it properly, and it seems to be quite problematic. The review has looked at all that and at how we can improve the process to make it more streamlined. What I am saying is that, before the end of March, I intend to bring forward the new process for how it will be developed for the next financial year.

Photo of Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong Alliance

How does the Minister envisage that the review 'Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together', which is currently being consulted on, will take account of the needs of those who are in the palliative stage of their cancer?

Photo of Michelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin

When it comes to designing services, at the heart of Delivering Together is designing services with patients, staff and carers. Whether it be palliative, emergency or GP care, we have to listen to those who have lived experience. I am very committed to that, and that is at the core of Delivering Together. We will design services with those people because they have that lived experience. They bring to it a new expertise that has never been taken into account, I believe, fully in the past. We have a real opportunity for people to be very bought-in and understanding of how we deliver services.

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

Mr Trevor Lunn can have a quick question, but there is no guarantee of a supplementary.