BDA Northern Ireland has cautiously welcomed news that the five Health and Social Care Trusts consultations major recommendations on savings plans for 2017/18, are now on hold.
In the absence of a Minister of Health in Northern Ireland, all five Trusts were asked to address the £70 million funding shortfall for 2017/8.
Each Trust published proposal recommendations to go forward to approval at the Department of Health and we asked dentists to feed into our responses.
We condemned any proposed cuts, highlighting the fact that the budget for the General and Primary Dental Service in Northern Ireland has fallen in real terms, year on year, since 2012, whilst tooth decay remains the leading cause of hospital admissions among children.
The Department of Health has now injected an additional £40 million into the Health Service and the five Trusts have now chosen to stand down their major recommendations for the time being, although savings are still expected to be required.
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