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100 jobs in balance as health staff centralised

By Patrice Dougan

Around 100 health sector jobs could be lost in a shake-up of administration personnel across Northern Ireland in a bid to centralise services.

The proposal by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) is the latest phase in a modernisation and efficiency exercise.

Currently each health trust deals with its own administration services. Under the new proposals finance, human resources, payroll, travel and subsistence will be centralised into four regional ‘centres of expertise’ in Belfast, Armagh, Ballymena and Omagh.

It is understood staff who do not want to be redeployed will be given the option to retrain or could get voluntary redundancy.

In a statement last night Health Minister Edwin Poots said the modernisation programme will “improve efficiency”.

The proposals are set to go out for a 12-week public consultation period from today.

A copy of the document can be accessed online — at www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/consultations/|current_consultations.htm.

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