Northern Ireland

Department of Health

Image caption The health department is due to receive a rise of about 7% in cash terms

Budget for 2010/11: Recurrent spending £4.3bn Capital spending £202m

Projections for the next four years: The budget projects that day-to-day departmental spending will rise by about 3.6% by 2014/15.

It says that capital spending, the money spent on infrastructure like buildings, will fall to £163m, a drop of 19%.

However, both these figures are in cash terms, which means that inflation could impact on their real value in four years' time.

Possible impact: The department has three main responsibilites: health, social services and public safety, which includes, for example, the fire service.

In its budget plan, the department starkly warns that it will need £5.4bn by 2015 to meet demand and will be receiving only £4.6bn.

The minister, Michael McGimpsey, has cited a quickly growing population and more expensive treatments for his projections.

The department has said that 4,000 jobs will have to be cut. Some will come through natural waste and retirement but compulsory redunancies will also be needed.

There will also be a massive reduction in the number of homecare packages.

A pledge to build a new radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry will be met, but there will be no money to run it.

The union, Unison, has warned that the health service is facing a crisis and called for the executive to go back to the drawing board to plug the funding gap.

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