Say NO to cuts of £70 million to NHS in Northern Ireland
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The Five Health Trusts have been asked by the Department of Health to find 'cost savings' amounting to £70 million in this financial year. Each of the Trusts has come up with proposals to deliver these 'savings' or more like 'cuts' to services. These were presented at Extraordinary Trust Board Meetings on August 24th, 2017.
Over the next six weeks these proposals will be discussed with the public in a series of consultations.
I believe that the public should reject these proposals as they will potentially cause harm to people in our communities. Those who may require domiciliary care, residential care or elective surgeries, specialist drugs or IVF treatments will be denied these services.
The implications of these actions could have devastating effects on families with needs for domiciliary care, residential care or on waiting lists for surgery for their loved ones. The worry and stress that this consultation period will also cause could even compound health issues for many.
Strategically many of these proposals take us further away from achieving recommendations from the Bengoa Report which wants to promote more community based services and less costly hospital interventions.
For our already stressed Health providers, they will be put in the position of denying essential services to vulnerable people and delivering the message to them. Is this fair?
I would appeal to our Department of Health to reconsider their actions and either look for this money within another Government department or take a request on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland to the Secretary of State to intervene.
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