Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 6 May 2015

McGimpsey cash concern

Cash being spent to tackle the swine flu pandemic in Northern Ireland is coming off other health priorities, the Health Minister has warned.

Michael McGimpsey said that for every pound being spent on swine flu, another pound is being withdrawn from other important priorities.

“In effect this means a cut to the health budget,” he told his party’s annual conference in Belfast at the weekend.

Mr McGimpsey and Finance Minister Sammy Wilson have bitterly clashed over provision for the fight against swine flu in recent months and Mr Wilson’s department has insisted other government departments are stumping up more than half the total bill.

The Ulster Unionist Health Minister said despite reports his department had not been exempt but had contributed £32m — half of the total bill — as well as another £10m from the capital budget to protect existing services.

“As a result, for every pound being spent to fight swine flu another pound is being withdrawn from other important priorities in the Health Service... It is a situation which greatly concerns me,” he said.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz