Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Doctors hit out as £7m given to health trusts

Health Minister Edwin Poots is rewarding NHS managers who are failing to deliver for patients, doctors’ leaders have claimed.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has received £10m additional funding in the latest monitoring round from Finance Minister Sammy Wilson.

Mr Poots said most of the cash will “address additional demand on emergency departments and other acute health services”.

Northern Ireland GPs have hit out at a decision by Mr Poots to hand over £7m of the money to health bosses to help address winter pressures in our hospitals.

Dr Brian Patterson, a member of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GP committee in Northern Ireland, said: “It appears to me that Mr Poots is choosing to reward failure.

“We shouldn’t be giving more money to the trusts so they can continue to do things badly.”

Dr Patterson continued: “We have had a mild Christmas and no flu epidemic and yet the hospitals are struggling. There are lots of reasons for that but they aren’t medical reasons.”

Dr Tom Black, chair of the GP committee, said he was disappointed at the decision to allocate even more money to trusts.

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