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EACEA National Policies Platform


7. Health and Well-Being

7.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 11/09/2020 - 13:26

The Northern Ireland Assembly was reinstated on January 11th 2020, three years after it collapsed. In a document setting out priorities for the resumed government, with transforming the health service and mental health services specifically identified as key priorities: 

“ The Executive will publish a Mental Health Action Plan within 2 months; a Mental Health Strategy by December 2020; a successor strategy and action plan to the Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs Phase 2 within 3 months; and a new strategy and implementation plan on cancer by December 2020.”

National Strategy for Sport and Youth Fitness

The Department for Communities is developing a new 10 year Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity that will seek to promote and sustain further growth in the culture of lifelong participation, enjoyment and success in sport and physical activity. The Strategy will also identify the key interventions required from the high performance elements to the grassroots community based groupings.  It will reflect the growing awareness of the significant contribution that sport can make to improve society in areas including community cohesion, public health, education and skills and the economy.