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Loss of Nursing Posts

Part of Private Members’ Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:45 pm on 20th April 2009.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 5:45 pm, 20th April 2009

It appears that Mr McCallister’s answer to all this is to create another quango that will cost more taxpayers’ money. Over the past 10 years, although the health budget has doubled, we have seen administration and management costs rise by 33%. The money has gone not to the front line but to administration. That is where Mr McGimpsey must start looking, because that is what efficiency savings are about. They are not about cutting nursing jobs or services for senior citizens —