Health Minister Jim Wells said tough decisions had to be made to balance the books
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Northern Ireland health service cuts to result in fewer beds

A number of hard-hitting cuts have been announced to health and social care services across Northern Ireland.

The cuts, which are described as temporary, will mean potentially over 100 fewer hospital beds, and wards closing at the weekend.

The move follows the allocation of £80m by the executive to the Department of Health for the current financial year.

BBC News NI's Louise Cullen reports.

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