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Bonus payments should be spent on frontline services - McLaughlin

10 July, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said the amount of money paid to top doctors in bonuses would be better on frontline services. 

Speaking after it was revealed that £34 million had been paid to senior doctors in bonuses in the last five years, the health committee chair said; 

"This is a substantial amount of money and shows the levels of inequality within the health system. 

"I met this morning with a group from the College of GPs and they told me they are expected to do more and more with no additional resources. 

"When they ask for resources to allow them to carry out their work they are told there is none. 

"This huge figure of bonuses gives lie to that. 

"The system of bonuses was abandoned by a previous health minister but brought back in by Edwin Poots and he needs to tell people why and what it has achieved. 

"What this does flag up is that there is money in the health system which could be put to far better use in tackling health inequalities and improving treatment for patients."

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