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Leaders need to be bold in driving forward change

Health Minister Edwin Poots has told a delegation of EU Ministers that leadership is vital to driving forward change in the health care sector.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Minister was speaking during a meeting of EU Health Ministers to discuss a range of major issues affecting people in Northern Ireland.

Under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Minister Poots joined over 40 delegates, including Ministers and senior officials from all 27 EU member states as well as representatives from the European Commission at the meeting in Dublin.

Speaking after the meeting, the Minister said: “This was an extremely useful opportunity to engage with fellow ministers and health leaders. I was interested to compare what actions are being taken across Europe to address some of the key issues - many of which are common across all the countries.

“I took every opportunity to participate in discussions on childhood obesity, financing health care as well as autism and developmental disorders. I also reinforced my belief that with the range of challenges impacting on health care into the future, leaders needed to be bold in driving forward change. That is why we are undertaking one of the biggest shake-ups of the health service for decades through Transforming Your Care.”

The Minister held meetings with the a number of fellow Health Ministers including those from Spain, Denmark and Estonia where he highlighted the Transforming Your Care reforms, the importance of prevention and early intervention and collaborating with industry to promote innovation and connected health.

The Minister concluded: “I have taken a lot away from these meetings and have a better understanding about how the other nations address the pressures facing the health service. I also believe other EU nations will look towards us to influence their understanding of reform and progression.”

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