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Trust cuts reprieve but car parking charge increase to proceed

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Trust cuts reprieve but car parking charge increase to proceed thumbnailUNISON and NIPSA union representatives who took part in a protest about the proposed Health Service cuts at Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday morning. Gb4222R p3

THE Northern Health and Social Care Trust Board has approved standing down all but one of the 'major and/or controversial' proposals submitted under the Trust's Saving Plan.
Speaking at a public meeting at Balymena Showgrounds on Friday,Trust chairman, Bob McCann, said that the only major/controversial proposal going forward to the Board for consideration is the increase in car parking charges at acute hospitals.
“All of the 'low impact' normal in-year financial management proposals, amounting to total savings of 6.3m will proceed as planned," said the Chairman.
He pointed out there is no room for complacency
“Whilst the additional funding provides a temporary reprieve, the major challenges still remain and as a result, we will continue with our ongoing reform agenda.
“The transformation agenda is essential if we are to have a financially stable and sustainable health service," he said.
The chairman said the additional 40m funding announced by the Department of Health is welcomed.
“Whilst the Board recognises its responsibility to deliver financial balance, it was also mindful of the significant collective impact that the proposals would have had on front-line services, particularly if the proposals had been implemented so quickly coming into the winter period," he said.
At the start of the meeting Trust Chief Executive, Dr. Tony Stevens, said no one had wanted to be in the situation they had been in during the past six weeks, making it clear it has been a distraction from the business of running their service.
He reminded all that they did not have the authority to spend money they had not been allocated.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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