‘Not enough doctors and nurses in system’ - Chief Executive

Thursday, 28 September 2017

‘Not enough doctors and nurses in system’ - Chief Executive thumbnailNorthern Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive Dr. Tony Stevens and Briege Donaghy, Director of Planning, who addressed meeting in the Braid Town Hall.

THE Northern Health and Social Care Trust's controversial £13million cost-saving proposals were put under the microscope at a lively public consultation meeting last week.
The Trust's Chief Executive, Dr Tony Stevens, addressed the Ballymena meeting, warning that some of the proposals "will clearly have an affect on our ability to deliver services."
The Trust has been asked by the Department of Health to develop proposed plans to deliver their share of a total of £70m of savings in 2017/18.
Speaking candidly, Dr Stevens said there were "very significant pressures" due to staff shortages and the high costs of using non-contracted agency staff.
He explained that there were "not enough doctors and nurses, in the system".
Adding to the pressure, he said, was the increase in demand including a 5% higher attendance at A&E in Antrim Hospital than last year.
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