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Reorganisation proposed for NHS in Northern Ireland

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1566
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    Sweeping changes have been proposed for Northern Ireland's hospitals in a report on the province's acute care system.

    Presented as “a route map-not a blueprint” by the former ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Maurice Hayes, the 136 page plan calls for capital expenditure of £1bn ($1.4bn), a doubling of the number of consultants, a 25% increase in the number of GPs, and a 20% boost in nursing staff.

    In the first major shake-up of the area's health services in a …

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