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Northern Ireland health service cuts: Southern Trust's £6.4m savings proposals

The Southern Trust covers Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon, and Newry and Mourne. It plans to save £6.4m

'Major or controversial' savings

Procurement of community equipment - £75,000

Change from provision of single use small aids and appliances, redeemed from local pharmacies via voucher scheme, to the Regional Business Services Organisation provided function with home delivery, including recycled, decontamination goods of the same specification. Local pharmacies likely to be impacted.

'Low impact' savings

Slippage - £1.2m

Services such as Dungannon supported living scheme, transitional funding for learning disability services, and delays in implementation of rapid access models.

Staff turnover - £1.1m

Natural ‘Slippage’ on Demography funding - £2.8m

Acute Care,  Children Services, Older People, Mental health, Learning Disability, Physical Disability, Community development and  Health Promotion all affected.

Discretionary Goods and Services - £960,000

New procurement arrangements - £150,000

Change from provision of single use small aids and appliances, redeemed from local pharmacies. Pharmacy retail providers (54 in total) who will lose income from non-operation of voucher scheme.

Interim chief executive, Mr Francis Rice said: “We must keep within the funding allocated to the Southern Trust, so our savings plan proposals must show how we will do that. Our savings will be targeted to ensure there is a limited impact on direct patient care, and to protect our core services.

Full consultation document available here.

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