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Deficits reduced at NI health trusts

15th December 2009

The latest statistics from the Department of Health have shown that Northern Ireland's six health trusts have significantly reduced their financial deficit.

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The DH figures revealed that the trusts have decreased their projected deficit from £76 million to £7.7 million since September.

The trust with the biggest predicted deficit is the Northern Trust.

The projected figures for the end of the financial year are £3 million for the Northern Trust, £2 million for the Belfast Trust, £1.7 million for the Western Trust, £1 million for the South Eastern Trust and £0 for both the Southern Trust and the Ambulance Service Trust.

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said the change could be attributed to plans he had recently given his approval to. He added that saving and funding had also decreased the projected deficit.

Trusts in Ireland are statutorily obliged to "break even" during the year and Mr McGimpsey stated that he was trying to ensure this happened in 2009/10.

The DH statistics were published as a response to an assembly question from Alliance MLA Kieran McCarthy.

He said he welcomed the fact that deficits had been decreased, but added: "While we all understand that each government department must live within their means, I would hope that the Department for Health was not trying to do so at the expense of life saving services."

 

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