All five Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts yesterday announced at meetings open to the public that they have been tasked by the Department of Health to develop draft savings plans to deliver a total saving of £70M in 2017/18.
Each Trust has been set a different financial target and, at yesterday’s meetings, each put forward proposals as to how they would meet these targets.
These targets are:
The Trusts have now launched a six-week public consultation period, in which they are asking healthcare professionals, service users, carers and members of the public to have their say about the proposed cuts.
These consultation documents can be accessed online via each Trust’s website or people can request the document in hard copy format.
They can also request the consultation documents in alternative formats, such Braille, disk, audio cassette and minority languages. They would welcome feedback, however, even if by phone, email or letter.
Further details of any public consultation events will be made public as soon as the details have been finalised.
Each Trust stresses that no decisions have been made on the proposed savings and this consultation provides an opportunity for people to give their views on the proposals.
Links to the public consultation document, as well as addresses and telephone numbers, for each Trust are listed below.
Comments should be returned by 5 October 2017.
Belfast HSC Trust
Public consultation document: http://www.belfasttrust.hscni.net/about/Consultations.htm
For queries, requests for hard copies or alternative formats, contact the Trust’s Equality Unit on 028 9504 8734; email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile text: 07825146432.
Or write to: Equality Unit, Belfast HSC Trust, First Floor, McKinney House, Musgrave Park Hospital, Stockmans Lane, Belfast, BT9 7JB.
You can also send your comments to: The Chief Executive, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, C/O Corporate Communications, 1st Floor, Nore Villa, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8BH.
T: 028 9504 4500
Mobile Text: 0782 514 6432.
Western HSC Trust
Public consultation document: http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net.
For queries, requests for hard copies or alternative formats, contact the Trust’s Equality Unit on 028 8283 5278 or email: email@example.com .
Or write to: Equality & Involvement Team, Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital, 1 Donaghanie Road, Omagh, BT79 0NS.
Southern HSC Trust
Public consultation document: http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net
For queries, requests for hard copies or alternative formats, contact the Trust’s Equality Unit on 028 375 64151/64152 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to: First Floor, Hill Building, St Luke’s Hospital Site, Loughgall Road, Armagh, BT61 7NQ.
South Eastern HSC Trust
Public consultation document: http://www.setrust.hscni.net/
For queries, requests for hard copies or alternative formats, contact the Trust on 028 9055 0435 or email: email@example.com.
Or write to: 2017/18 Savings Plan Consultation, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Headquarters, Ulster Hospital, Upper Newtownards Road, Dundonald, BT16 1RH. Or call 028 9055 0434.
Northern HSC Trust
Public consultation document: http://www.northerntrust.hscni.net.
For queries, requests for hard copies or alternative formats, contact the Equality Unit on 028 2766 1377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to: Equality Unit, Route Complex, 8e Coleraine Road, Ballymoney, Co Antrim, BT53 6BP.
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