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Funding crisis facing Belfast health services

15 November, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for South Belfast Cllr Alex Maskey MLA has expressed serious concerns about the funding crisis facing health services particularly in the Greater Belfast Area.

Mr Maskey said:

"The failure of Direct Rule British Ministers to allocate sufficient funding to the Eastern Health Board for 2005-2006 will mean that services to the most needy and vulnerable in our society are under threat. I am particularly concerned that in order to meet the predicted shortfall the EHSSB are planning to cut mental health, children's and community care services.

"I have recently been made aware that the Belfast City Hospital and South & East Belfast Trust are already experiencing financial difficulties which have led to a moratorium on staff recruitment. The potential negative impact this could have upon direct patient care is alarming.

"Sinn Féin have campaigned long and hard for funding for the health service in the 6 counties. We will oppose any attempt to cut health services by the British Government or by the EHSSB, and will be seeking urgent meetings with the Minister for health and the EHSSB in the near future. " ENDS

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