Health reforms and the budget…

Simon Hamilton is obviously being groomed as a rising media star, and the DUP’s point man on Health. In this set piece on the Politics Show with Patricia McKeown of Unison, the DUP criticism seems to revolve around the part of the Appleby report that calls for Health Service reforms. Professor Appleby also called for an increase in spending from £2.7 billion in 2002/3 to £6 billion by 2022/23, which appears not to have featured in the discussion. You can find Unison’s response here and that of the BMA.

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