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More than 200,000 patients on waiting lists dealt bitter blow as multi-million pound shortfall in health budget revealed

Budget hole means 'another year of making do'

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Dr Laurence Dorman

Dr Laurence Dorman

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More than 200,000 patients languishing on hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland have been dealt a bitter blow as a multi-million pound shortfall in the health budget is revealed.

Northern Ireland's draft budget was released earlier this week and it has emerged that the Department of Health is to receive a 5.7% uplift to the money it received last year.

However, Health Minister Robin Swann has revealed that he needs an additional 6% in order to ensure he can maintain services at their current level.


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