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McKinney: Legal costs must not trump healthcare funding

SDLP MLA and Party Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has expressed his concern at the amount of funding requested for clinical negligence settlements by the Department of Health in their January 2014 bid.

Mr McKinney heard evidence recently from the Department on the January Bid in his role as a member of the Health Committee. An extra £20 Million pounds has been requested by the Department in order to settle clinical negligence claims and also, to pay for legal costs.

Mr McKinney Said

“The amount requested by the Department for clinical negligence settlements is alarmingly high. This figure in fact trumps all other amounts requested in areas including children’s services, domiciliary care and elective care.

“We continually hear about the demand for domiciliary care services and it is unacceptable that this amount pales in comparison to clinical negligence financial need, the same is true for children’s services, quality and safety services and winter admission pressures.

“This adds to the already deep concern about funding for general health changes which are currently insufficient. Greater analysis of these figures is needed as it is clear that vulnerable, ill people are being pushed down the list of priorities in favour of other considerations.”

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