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De Brún health strategy could save millions

15 October, 2009 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Health Committee has stated the that the Investing for Health strategy that was brought forward by Bairbre de Brún when she was Health minster could potentially save millions of pounds in the long run for the health budget if implemented.

Speaking following the Committee meeting Ms Ramsey said:  

“Through the CSR the health department has instructed its health trusts to make efficiency savings of 3%. These cuts are inevitably impacting on frontline services despite commitments by the Health Minster that this would not be the case.

“Despite this we are informed that beds could be under threat as are nursing jobs, ambulance hours have been cut, and a black hole has been created by the Northern trust cuts in Mid Ulster. 

“There are other ways to save moneys such as addressing the high levels of bureaucracy, top heavy management teams, and also delivering on efficiency of service, not efficiency savings.

“A further way is to implement the Investing in Health strategy brought forward by Bairbre de Brún when she was health minister. This has the potential to save millions of pounds in the health budget by taking a holistic approach to preventative health care.

“Put simply, all government departments, agencies, social partners and community organisation must realise that to invest in health will transform our society and cut down on expenditure on treating preventable illnesses. “

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