Robinson budget ‘will lead to lost lives’…

THE Finance Minister’s budget plans will lead to deaths, according to the Chief Medical Officer, while Northern Ireland’s most senior firefighter, Colin Lammey has said: “If our resources are more thinly spread those response times are going to increase and there’s going to be more deaths and serious injuries.” Last Thursday, Dr Michael McBride warned the Stormont Health Committee that “up to 45,000 women aged over 65 will not benefit from the extension of breast screening until 2010” and that that Northern Ireland’s inclusion in a UK-wide vaccination programme for schoolgirls, due to begin next year, is under threat. And while a cut in the Arts Council budget is unlikely to lead to lives being lost, luvvies will nonetheless be protesting outside Stormont today in the Keep Our Arts Alive rally.

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