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Stormont Minister Edwin Poots tells health trusts to pay staff on time

By Noel McAdam

Stormont Minister Edwin Poots has warned it is up to health trusts to ensure that staff are being paid properly and on time after hundreds of staff suffered sharp cuts in their pay packets over recent months.

Asking whether the pay system is fit for purpose, the SDLP's Dolores Kelly revealed she had a sister awaiting £1,200 and a niece awaiting £700 and it would be the end of the month before they got it.

Sinn Fein's Phil Flanagan said: "If the UIster Bank was doing this, we would all be going mad. The situation has been unacceptable."

Mr Poots said: "Mistakes have been made, and there have been issues and problems, largely relating to overtime or payments to people who are putting in travel and subsistence claims and so forth that they are very well entitled to receive but have not been receiving."

He added: "The responsibility for the running of the system is now with the trusts, and therefore they have to account for what has been happening."

Mr Poots said it was up to trusts to help staff in hardship as a result of the blunder, and that help may involve financial support.

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