Northern Ireland health service cuts: South Eastern Health Trust's £10.85m savings proposals
The South Eastern Health Trust covers Ards, North Down, Lisburn, Castlereagh, Newry, Mourne and Down. It is proposing £10.85m in cuts.
'Major or controversial' savings
£1m reduction in locum doctor spend.
£1.05m reduction in agency staff with the aim of reducing agency costs by 25%. The agency reduction excludes qualified nursing posts.
'Low impact' savings
Introduction of car parking charges at Ards Hospital bringing £25,000 income.
Reduce management and administration - £225,000
Procurement savings - £752,000
Demography funding delay - £3.5m
Resettlement of "small number" adult services clients for up to four months - £233,000
Delay in service development in Adult Services - £100,000
Discharge lounge - £43,000
Sleep services - £9,000
Delay in implementation of Ward 25 - £92,000
Delay in implementation of Urology - £36,000
Delay in implementation of Maxillo Facial - £71,000
Plastic surgery - £41,000
Phase B of Ulster hospital delayed - £1.5m
Delay in implementation of Enhanced Care at Home (Down and Lisburn) - £145,000
Replacement of external or Agency Staff/Overtime with In-house Staff - £897,000
Recruitment - £375,000
Pay and price freeze on general community care excluding domiciliary, nursing and residential care - £360,000
Spending cut in community equipment - £256,000
Reduction in Staff Travel Children’s Services - £10,000
Reduction in specific Goods & Services - £10,000
Proposal to invest in waste management control in pharmacy - £25,000
GP Out of Hours - £20,000
Volunteer driver - £15,000
Reduction in domiciliary care packages by increasing use of Self Directed Support - £10,000
A statement from the Trust said: "In considering our proposals, we have aimed to ensure that we do not compromise patient or client safety, and attempt to minimise the impact on our services. Our proposals must release funding within the required time scale and we will try to avoid implementing measures which are at odds with the strategic direction for HSC services set out in Bengoa and Delivering Together.
"Clearly, some of these proposals will impact the level of service we are able to provide to our patients and clients, and will also reduce the number of staff on the ground. It is important to remember that no decisions have yet been made.
"These proposals are temporary, and aimed to achieve savings in-year. We have been asked to consult on them and over the next six weeks we will engage as widely as possible with those who use our services, and we would encourage people to let us know their views. The consultation papers are available on our website.
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