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NI health service to close '180 beds'

20th March 2013

The BBC has said it understands 180 beds will close as part of reforms to the health service in Northern Ireland.

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Health Minister Edwin Poots told the Assembly that the health service would be split into five area networks, each with its own main hospital. Half the statutory residential care homes in Northern Ireland are to close in the next three to five years, leaving 27 in operation. Mr Poots said the health service wanted to concentrate on giving "better targeted care for older people closer to home". Janice Smyth from the Royal College of Nursing said: "What happens when people go looking for that 24-hour support? Will it be there for those who need it? That will be the test of this."

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