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'Staff shortage' behind £11m health deficit

Minister to ask Tynwald for extra help

The Health and Social Care Minister says an inability to recruit permanent staff has been a major factor in the latest overspend by her Department.

Kate Beecroft will ask Tynwald to stump up £11.1 million of extra cash during this month's sitting.

The DHSC budget - currently set at around £198.4 million - has now been exceeded for several consecutive years.

Last year the Department, then headed by Howard Quayle, overspent by £9.9 million.

Mrs Beecroft says whilst 'there are still efficiencies to be made', she believes the Department does need additional money to maintain its level of service.

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