Author Topic: N.I.'s health budget "not sustainable" - says senior N.I. health civil servant  (Read 190 times)

James James

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"Richard Pengelly was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Department of Health on 1st July 2014."
https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/dhssps-permanent-secretary

Text and video news report.

"Northern Ireland's health budget 'not sustainable' 
"12th June 2019"
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-48584108

"Richard Pengelly: Northern Ireland's health budget 'not sustainable' "

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NI's health service funding model is unsustainable, according to the health department's top civil servant.

It costs 26 billion a year to run NI but only 17 billion is being raised. The amount needed to maintain the health service goes up each year.

Continuing this model for 20 years would mean spending NI's entire budget on health, warned Richard Pengelly, the department's permanent secretary.

"We can't continue the way we are," he said.

"We have enough money to run a world class health service, but we don't have enough money to run this health service."

"At the moment to run the same service this year as we did last year and next year, it's about 6% increase per annum."

"If we continue on that trajectory, within about 20 years the health service will need virtually all the money that's available to the executive."

Mr Pengelly was speaking to the BBC as part of Spend it Like Stormont https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005z1l

which, made by Below the Radar and investigative news website The Detail,
https://www.thedetail.tv/   is an in-depth look at:,...

How much it costs to run Northern Ireland

What subsidies do we get from Westminster

How we can balance the books while still running good public services

How different people would make difficult choices about public service spending - and cuts

Northern Ireland is not alone in running on a deficit; the only areas of the UK that have a surplus are London, and England's south-east and eastern regions.

Eleven Northern Ireland hospitals provide emergency, or acute, services - one for every 170,000 people, compared to Wales, for example, which has one for every 230,000 people.

But Mr Pengelly denies the department sees closing hospitals as a solution to the funding problem, preferring to talk about services.

"None of our work will involve taking a hospital and saying: 'Do we need that hospital. ?'

"It is saying that within that environment, there are a range of services we could offer."

etcetera,...

"Spend it Like Stormont is presented by William Crawley, Tara Mills and economist Neil Gibson"



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Even with the DUP`s extra money, its still not enough.  :(
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It's standard procedure for individuals, professionals and non-professionals working within the various public sectors to highlight the problems created by the lack of funding.
The common feature of all such complaints is that those complaining never, but absolutely never present any idea how to alleviate the problem.
I hear you say, it is not the responsibility for senior health officials to solve what many would consider to be exclusively a problem for our dormant Parliament to address.
Well, as we ain't got any working politicians and we sure haven't got the dosh to finance the shortfall all suggestions would be very welcome and who better qualified to offer some advice  than those very clever. highly paid civil servants engaged in the N.H.S?

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Even with the DUP`s extra money, its still not enough.  :(

Yes, the DUP's money has helped. Sadly there will never be enough money for the NHS.  :(
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The Dup have only given 250m out of the Billion they got to the NHS.
Half the amount they gave towards ultra fast Broadband. ::)
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The Dup have only given 250m out of the Billion they got to the NHS.
Half the amount they gave towards ultra fast Broadband. ::)

The allocation for broadband was initially reported to be 150 million. Has this amount been updated?
Health was supposed to be allocated 300 million.
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https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/dups-1-billion-already-spent-without-parliamentary-authorisation/



"May 23, 2019"
https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/life-after-theresa-may-fraught-with-danger-for-dup-1.3900756

"Life after Theresa May fraught with danger for DUP"

"Renewing pact with hard Brexit leader would see it blamed for ensuring chaos in North"

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"Scheduled slap bang in the middle of all this is renewal of the confidence-and-supply agreement, without which the government cannot function."

"The agreement was signed on June 26th two years ago with an effective two-year lifespan."

"That was the deadline for spending most of its 1 billion of funding, nearly all of which has since been disbursed the only delay is with 150 million for broadband."

"There must also be a review of the agreement at the end of the parliamentary session. It can safely be assumed more funding will be demanded."

"The health and education sectors in Northern Ireland are already putting in unsubtle bids."

Billy Fish

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The allocation for broadband was initially reported to be 150 million. Has this amount been updated?
Health was supposed to be allocated 300 million.

Sadly the allocation of money to Northern Ireland is not completely in the gift of the DUP. It has to be approved by Parliament. Having said that it's a lot more money than Sinn Fein - IRA ever got for the citizens of Northern Ireland. They just take expenses for not turning up at Westminster. Oh the irony.  :D

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Sadly the allocation of money to Northern Ireland is not completely in the gift of the DUP. It has to be approved by Parliament. Having said that it's a lot more money than Sinn Fein - IRA ever got for the citizens of Northern Ireland. They just take expenses for not turning up at Westminster. Oh the irony.  :D

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