Northern Ireland's health minister Michael McGimpsey admitted that nearly 4,000 jobs could be lost in the health services in spite of a new bill that will increase the health service's budget by £326 million.
Earlier on Friday, the head of the Health and Social Care Board, John Compton had warned that the health budget would require a substantial increase failing which nearly 4,000 jobs could be lost. McGimpsey agreed with Compton, saying that the health department would require an additional amount of at least £100 million.
"There will also be issues around the voluntary and community sector. I have been warning for some time about job losses, about closures and about radical changes for the way we deliver service. I am looking at a budget that next year, starting on 1 April, I am £100m short", McGimpsey added.