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Sunday 4 December 2016

Proposals to 'save billions' back on table

Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00

UNIONS insist that transformational proposals on offer before Christmas could still "save billions". They are now back on the table and include:

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  • Agreement on the re-deployment of civil and public servants within and between organisations.
  • An extended 8am-8pm working day in the health service, leading to longer opening hours.
  • The introduction of new rosters in health, leading to more flexible services and a reduced overtime budget.
  • Reductions in the number of in-patient beds and increases in day care, outpatient and diagnostic services, providing faster access to services at lower cost.
  • A greater range of community services so more patients can receive treatment at home.
  • The introduction of shared services in health, local authorities, education and the civil service, in areas like finance, procurement, human resources and payroll.


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