Colum is committed to ensuring our health service can deliver the highest standards of care for patients, free at the point of need.

He believes that better organisation in the NHS would mean shorter waiting lists, more hospital beds, more efficient A&E departments and more appropriate staff in front-line services.

Colum believes believes cross-border cooperation would provide better service for patients in Derry and across the North such as the proposed Satellite Radiotherapy Centre at Altnagelvin which was fought for and secured by the SDLP.

Within an island of 6 million people, it makes sense to share such expertise and equipment.

Colum is committed to improved cross border arrangements regarding acute hospitals and GP out-of-hours services.

Colum is a member of the All-Party Working Group on Sexual Health.