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Around 65 Beds To Go Across Northern Health Trust Area

Around 65 beds are to go across the Northern Health Trust area as part of planned cuts to services, the trust has said.

44 beds are being axed at Whiteabbey Hospital in Co Antrim. Management said the cuts were "temporary" at a public meeting in Newtownabbey on Thursday, 21 September.

The beds could go as early as Novemeber.

The trust has to make savings of £13million.
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Belfast Health Trust also has to make savings of £26.3m, Western Health Trust £12.5m, South Eastern Health Trust £10.85m, and the Southern Trust £6.4m.


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