Northern Ireland

Minister: Health staff to be offered redundancy

Health Minister Edwin Poots
Image caption Edwin Poots was speaking to the health committee

Local health-care workers are to be offered voluntary redundancy and early retirement packages in an attempt to save the health service money.

The health minister told the health committee £15m has been secured to allow the move to go ahead.

It's predicted it could make savings of around £9m per year.

Edwin Poots said they would be looking at non-essential posts but could not rule out that front line health workers would be affected.

He said that money for the move had been found as a result of the October monitoring round.

The chair of the health committee, Michelle Gildernew, urged the minister to begin formal talks with trade unions as soon as possible.

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