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Waiting time fines for NI hospitals

23rd March 2011

Hospitals in Northern Ireland could be fined £500 every time a patient in casualty has to wait longer than 12 hours for treatment.

Health chiefs are planning to impose "substantial fines" to tackle waiting times and trolley waits although the chief executive of the Northern Health Trust, Sean Donaghy, has said imposing fines was not the answer. Chief executives from NI’s five health trusts have received letters from the Health and Social Care Board informing them of the proposals. A final decision on the plan rests with the Department of Health.

 

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