Preventative Agenda


About the Inquiry


To seek evidence on and analyse preventative spend through a series of short inquiries on specific health-related topics.


SPICe briefing, Preventative Spend and the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Research (RAISE) Paper, Preventative Expenditure highlight that there are definitional issues around the use of the terms preventative spend and preventative expenditure. It is therefore necessary for the Committee to be clear about the intended reach and possible outcomes desired from this work.

Previous consideration of preventative spend/ preventative agenda can be found in the following documents:

Initial Approach

The Committee will hold an initial evidence session where the main features and pitfalls of using preventative spend as a means of scrutinising expenditure on health can be outlined.

A general call for evidence will be issued to help inform the initial understanding and ensure clarity around about what the committee is seeking to achieve with this inquiry.


The Committee held formal oral evidence sessions on 21 March and 9 May.  Further evidence sessions will be held later in the year (see evidence section below).


On Friday 3 February the Committee issued a general Call for Views from any interested organisations or individuals. The call for views closed on 28 February.

Read the Written Submissions

This inquiry is being taken forward through a number of one-off evidence sessions which aim to focus on particular areas of public health activity to ascertain how far that activity is addressing the preventative agenda.

Type 2 diabetes

Detect Cancer Early

Neurological Conditions

Clean Air


On 12 November 2018 the Committee published its report- Preventative Action and Public Health (1.6MB pdf)

Following publication of the report, the Committee received correspondence from the British Heart Foundation Scotland regarding the link between air pollution and coronary heart disease.

We received a response to our report from Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing on 14 February 2019.

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