1. ITV Report

Health service lays out plans for £100m from DUP-Tory deal

The Department of Health has announced how it intends to spend some of the money achieved through the DUP and Conservative's confidence and supply deal.

The planned package of investments includes £15 million for enhancing primary care, which is largely provided from GP practices.

This will include some £5 million for the roll-out of Multi Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) at GP practices.

This will see the establishment of practice-based physiotherapists, mental health specialists and social workers, initially covering two areas which serve around 100,000 people.

It will also see £15 million invested into workforce development in the Health and Social Care sector, and up to £30 million for reforming community and hospital services, including mental health and pharmacy.

Trusts have been tasked with deploying the funding to assess and treat as many clinically urgent patients as possible, and prioritise patients waiting the longest times.

The series of initiatives are to be funded under the £100 million Health and Social Care transformation fund.

It follows the Department of Health's March announcement that £30 million of the fund was to be allocated to the reduction of hospital waiting times.

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The money is the result of the DUP signing a deal in June 2017 to support a minority Conservative government after several weeks of post-election negotiations.

Under a "supply and confidence" arrangement, the DUP guaranteed that its 10 MPs will vote with the government on the Queen's Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

In return, the DUP secured Northern Ireland "financial support of £1bn in the next two years and new flexibilities on almost £500m previously committed to" the region.

The extra £1 billion funding, which covers two years, breaks down as follows:

  • £400m for infrastructure projects
  • £200m for improvement of health service
  • £150m for ultra-fast broadband
  • £100m to address immediate pressures in health and education
  • £100m for tackling deprivation (over five years)
  • £50m for mental health services (over five years)