The Basque and Northern Ireland Governments launch a plan of action to jointly tackle the new health challenges
Today, in Bilbao, Ministers Darpón and Poots presented this plan focussed on Europe and which includes specific, coordinated actions in the fields of health and social health
Today, the Basque Government Minister for Health, Jon Darpón, and Northern Ireland's Minister of Health and Social Services, Edwin Poots, presented the Plan of Action launched jointly by both administrations to tackle the new challenges faced in the field of health.
The initiative is the result of the memorandum signed in 2012 and of the close cooperation enjoyed by Euskadi and Northern Ireland since the beginning of this term in office - with get-togethers and work meetings in both countries - which has finally taken shape in this plan focussed on Europe that includes specific, coordinated actions between both governments in the fields of health and social health.
This morning, the ministers came to the same conclusion as regards diagnosis of the problem common to all Europe: increasing population aging and high prevalence of chronic disease. Both also completely agreed, as they said during their appearance in Bilbao, on the urgent need to adapt health policies to this unquestionable new reality and its social and health implications in order to provide an efficient response to people's needs.
As explained by Edwin Poots and Jon Darpón, The Basque-Northern Ireland Plan of Action identifies several specific areas:
1.- Learning Networks that permit the exchange of professionals and best practices, added to joint work in the areas of integration, connected health, or new nursing roles. At the present time, 5 Northern Irish Trusts and several Basque IHOs have joined the initial group.
2.- The creation of a Think Tank to reflect on trends, future developments and updates of policies on chronicity, aging, dependency; in relation to connected health, etc.
3.- Development of the health systems, and the ecosystem in which they are located as Living Labs to test tools that can be used in the field of health and social health care.
4.- Meanwhile, to progress towards scenarios of innovative public procurement, from the double perspective of offering the health system new solutions adapted to its needs, and promoting innovation in the business sector.
5.- Joint evaluation of the processes to transform the system and changes in social health care, including impact on the economy, in order to design and, in the event, suitably re-direct health policies.
Following the presentation of this Plan of Action, Minister Edwin Poots and his team, accompanied by the Basque Minister for Health, Jon Darpón and heads of the Health Department, the Basque Government Department of Employment and Social Policies, and Osakidetza, will visit several Osakidetza health service structures and meet with professionals in order to continue going deeper into this framework of collaboration and joint work.