Northern Ireland

Belfast Health Trust to save '£7m over 6 years'

The Belfast Health Trust has implemented a plan aimed at saving £7m over six years by buying computer equipment in bulk and storing it in Dublin.

The information was revealed in a response to an assembly question from SDLP MLA Tommy Gallagher to Health Minister Michael McGimpsey.

Mr Gallagher welcomed the money-saving measures taken by the trust.

He said it was an example of north-south co-operation.

"I welcome the fact that Belfast Health Trust is finding innovative ways to save money and I certainly hope the venture achieves that," he said.

Mr Gallagher said that at a time when all health trusts face budgetary restrictions every effort to cut costs without affecting front-line services was to be welcomed.

"Given the huge spend on health it is important that we continue to look at collaborative working arrangements and joint projects that can save money and improve the health and well-being of people on this island."

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