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Northern Irish Health Boards Merged into One

Magazine article Public Finance

Northern Irish Health Boards Merged into One

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A single Regional Health and Social Care Board is to be established in Northern Ireland, replacing four existing boards, Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has announced.

The new board will have 400 staff and a limited executive function, leaving the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety with a greater strategic role than previously envisaged by direct rule ministers.

Earlier plans under the Review of Public Administration would have created a Regional Health and Social Care Authority with 2,000 staff.

The latest proposals will produce five local commissioning groups to oversee the planning and resourcing of services, membership of which will include representatives of local government.

McGimpsey said: 'The previous proposals included the establishment of a huge health authority with nearly 2,000 staff. …

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