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Health Minister welcomes £33.3million in the October monitoring round

The Health Minister today welcomed the allocation of £33.3million to the DHSSPS from the Executive’s October monitoring round.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Around £19million of the total allocation has been provided through the Executive’s Invest to Save scheme which will assist the Department in progressing the reform of Health and Social Care (HSC) under the Transforming Your Care agenda.

Welcoming the Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson’s announcement today, Minister Edwin Poots said: “I welcome today’s announcement of additional funding for my Department. This money will assist us in improving the services delivered across Health and Social Care.”

Funding of £13million will be used to provide approximately another 15,000 treatments in a range of specialisms including orthopaedics, general surgery, ophthalmology, gynaecology and dermatology and hence reduce waiting times across these specialties. The funding will also help complete the implementation of the recommendations from the Troop report on pseudomonas.

A further £1.3million will be used to ease car parking at the Ulster Hospital by purchasing the adjacent Tor Bank site.

The Minister said: “The implementation of Transforming Your Care is vital for the future sustainability of our health service. This transformation – which will deliver better services for all - is a priority for me and for my Department. This Invest to Save funding is key to advancing reform and to delivering improved health and social care, in line with the finalised way ahead following the current consultation.”

“Additional funding will help address backlogs in elective care waiting times across regional specialties. This will ease pressures in many of our hospitals.

“In addition, there will be funding for the implementation of the recommendations from the report into pseudomonas, which will help prevent further incidents.”

The Minister concluded saying: “It is my commitment as Minister to ensure that my department and the HSC will do all that is possible to maximise the quality and standards of all services provided to the population.

“The reality is that demand for health services is continuing to rise and the service needs to be able to improve its capacity and become more efficient in the way it delivers services. I will continue to invest any additional funds where improved health and social care services are needed for the people of Northern Ireland.”

Notes to editors:

1. Breakdown by speciality, outpatients and inpatients/day cases of the additional treatments provided by the funding

Orthopaedics: Outpatients: 3,000; Inpatients/day cases 1,700: Total 4,700
General surgery: Outpatients: 2,600; Inpatients/day cases 1,000: Total 3,600
Ophthalmology: Outpatients: 2,700; Inpatients/day cases 300: Total 3,000
Dermatology: Outpatients: 1,200; Inpatients/day cases 0: Total 1,200
Gynaecology: Outpatients: 1,300; Inpatients/day cases 800: Total 2,100

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