According to the Health Minister there was enough money sent over by the Treasury to give him the money he wants.
1. There are at least 4 billion reasons why that is incorrect.
2. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland has different responsibilities to the Department of Health in England. The clues are in the names. Thus their budgets are not directly comparable. The same degree of protection given to health budget lines in England and Wales has been given here but not ever budget line under the DHSSPS fits the English and Welsh model. According to the David Cameron this protection has safeguarded health but here McGimpsey predicts calamity. How can the same policy have such radically different outcomes?
3. Today the DHSPSS was criticised in an independent report (pdf file) for withholding public information about its budget. If the financial case is so clear cut, why is McGimpsey hiding it?