Local MLA Daithi McKay has ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for a breakdown of the £600,000 that the Northern Trust have said would be saved as a result of closing 32 beds at Dalriada Hospital.
In a written answer, the Minister explained: ‘The Northern Trust expects to make the following savings as a result of the temporary closure of 12 MS Respite beds and 20 Intermediate Care beds in Dalriada Hospital. The savings plan will apply until 31 March 2015.
Cost savings for Intermediate Care (Inc MS Respite) – Dalriada Hospital:
Ward Costs Cost Savings for 4 months from 01/12/2014 £’000
Nursing Costs 405
Goods & Services Costs of Ward 31
Support Service Costs 79
Medical Cover 41
Allied Health Professional Costs 57
TOTAL DALRIADA WARD COSTS 622
Less: Gross Reprovision Costs of 6 MS beds (61)
TOTALS NET OF REPROVISION COSTS 561