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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.

Full consultation document available here.


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