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Dr Michael McBride. Credit: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Dr Michael McBride. Credit: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Dr Michael McBride. Credit: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

The warning from the chief medical officer as he appeared in front of the Stormont health committee on Thursday morning could not have been more stark.

Northern Ireland’s health service is facing a “perfect storm” in which years of underfunding, a failure to implement workforce planning or properly address hospital waiting lists, and the impact of a pandemic are going to result in “a very challenging winter period”.


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