Public Finance

Enniskillen hospital signed-off: Public Finance

A new £270m PFI hospital in Enniskillen has been signed-off and construction will begin shortly, following months of difficulties in getting funding finalised.  Problems had been caused when HSBC withdrew from a consortium of funders.   The contract was awarded to the Northern Ireland Health Group consortium, comprising FCC Construction SA, Allied Irish Bank Plc., […]

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Free care for Northern Ireland rejected: Public Finance

  Northern Ireland health minister Michael McGimpsey has announced that free personal care is currently unaffordable, but remains a commitment. He blamed other ministers for rejecting his request in the last Budget round for additional funding to pay for free personal care.   The minister’s statement coincided with the completion of a review of care

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Northern Ireland abandons largest PFI project: Public Finance

  Northern Ireland’s largest PFI scheme has been abandoned because of the downturn in the economy. The Department of Finance and Personnel confirmed it is cancelling the Workplace 2010 programme that would have sold and leased back civil service office accommodation in a 25 year transaction valued at £1.5bn.   Workplace 2010 was suspended in

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Northern Ireland health service restructured: Public Finance

  The revamped structure of health and social services delivery has been revealed by Northern Ireland health minister Michael McGimpsey.   A new Health and Social Care Board will replace four regional health and social services boards, with headquarters in Belfast. A Public Health Agency will take over the work of the Health Promotion Agency,

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Losing confidence in the civil service: Public Finance

  Poor planning by Northern Ireland’s Department of Finance and Personnel delayed three major projects within the civil service reform programme, leading to extra costs, an interim report from the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has concluded. It doubts whether DFP will be able to fully implement the £3bn Reform Agenda.   Paul Maskey

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