De­mand for clar­ity over fund­ing of health dept

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY SIOB­HAN FEN­TON

THE Depart­ment for Health has called for clar­ity on when it will re­ceive fund­ing after MPS voted to pass a Bud­get for the re­gion via West­min­ster.

In the Bud­get Bill, Sec­re­tary of State James Bro­ken­shire re­vealed an in­crease in health spend­ing of 5.4%.

How­ever, trade union Uni­son has ar­gued this amounts to a fund­ing drop as it fails to keep up with health in­fla­tion which stands at 6%.

Mr Bro­ken­shire told Par­lia­ment he will also re­lease £50 mil­lion of fund­ing for health and ed­u­ca­tion, which will be the first por­tion of the £1bil­lion “con­fi­dence and sup­ply” deal agreed be­tween the Con­ser­va­tives and the DUP.

A Health Depart­ment spokesman said :“Im­me­di­ate health pri­or­i­ties would in­clude in­vest­ment in wait­ing list ini­tia­tives.

“Early con­fir­ma­tion of ad­di­tional fund­ing is es­sen­tial as our abil­ity to spend ef­fec­tively di­min­ishes with each pass­ing week as we move closer to fi­nan­cial year end on March 31 2018.”

BUD­GET Mr Bro­ken­shire

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