Health chief came out of retirement to warn McGuinness of funding crisis

John Compton was chief executive at the Health and Social Care Board until the end of March

John Compton was chief executive at the Health and Social Care Board until the end of March

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Four months ago the man who was Northern Ireland’s most senior health service official returned from retirement to warn Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness about a looming NHS funding crisis, the News Letter can reveal.

John Compton, who was chief executive of the Health and Social Care Board until the end of March, was part of a highly unusual high-level briefing given to the two men at the top of the Executive.

The ministers were warned that — as a result of the money Stormont is losing because of Sinn Fein’s refusal to implement welfare reforms — the safety of patients in hospitals would be put at risk.

 

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