Public consultation meeting on Health cuts

September 11, 2017

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is hosting a number of public meetings as part of its public consultation on its draft Savings Plan for 2017/2018 where £6.4million of cuts must be made during this financial year.

 Health and Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland have been tasked by the Department of Health with developing draft plans to deliver a total of £70m of savings in 2017/18, which must be achieved as part of the financial plan for this year. 

The Southern Trust’s draft plans were issued for public consultation following a meeting of Trust Board on Thursday 24th August and a public meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th September in the Conference Room, Ballybot House, Newry from 4-6pm.

Other meetings will take place in Craigavon Area Hospital Boardroom on Tuesday 26th September from 6-8pm and in the Marketplace Theatre, Armagh on Thursday 28th September from 2-4pm.

Southern Trust proposals will contribute £6.4m towards the regional health and social care savings target of £70m.

The main points of the plan are:- There is no direct impact on current staff, but the Trust will maintain current vacancy management processes;

– Planned service developments will be progressed as quickly as possible, but are unlikely to be implemented before April 2018;

– The Trust currently supplies small aids and appliances e.g. items for personal care to clients to support them at home. How these are provided will change to a home delivery service. Any clients affected will be contacted directly to explain how this will work.

The Southern Trust 2017/2018 Financial Planning Saving Plan is now out for consultation until 5th October and can be viewed at:

If you have any particular requirements to enable you to participate in the public meetings, please contact the Trust’s Equality Unit on email: Tel: 028 375 64152   or   028 375 64247.