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Patsy McGlone 12th October 2017

McGlone Calls on Northern Trust to Reverse Proposed Cuts

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called on the Northern Health Trust to reverse its share of £70million proposed cuts to health services. The Mid Ulster MLA was speaking after the Department of Finance announced that it had allocated an additional £40million to the Department of Health for this financial year in the latest budget monitoring round.

Mr McGlone said, “The announcement by the Department of Finance that an additional £40million will be available for the Department of Health this year removes the immediate need for the majority of the cuts being proposed by the Health Trusts.

“The proposed cuts under consideration by the Northern Health Trust, in particular, would have a disproportionate impact on rural communities.

“As well as the removal of existing services at Mid Ulster and Whiteabbey hospitals, there would be a further impact on waiting lists for hospital care.

“The Trust has acknowledged that the proposed cuts would also result in increased delays in discharging patients from hospital, putting more pressure on already under-resourced staff in a highly centralised system.

“The SDLP opposes these cuts to health services. The Northern Health Trust should immediately stop their proposed cuts and lobby the Department for an appropriate share of the newly allocated funding.

“The SDLP want to see a properly funded local NHS delivering a first-class health service.

“That, ultimately, requires the restoration of the Executive and a locally accountable Health Minister.

“We urge the parties blocking that to make the compromises necessary to restore devolution, and call on the Northern Trust to review these unnecessary cuts to health services.”

 

ENDS