Cunningham brands Dalriada consultation ‘a fudge’

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SDLP Councillor and Chairman of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham has reacted angrily to the announcement of an eight week consultation into the temporary closure of Dalriada Hospital.

Cllr Cunningham branded the decision a wasted opportunity and a fudge. He said:

“I am furious at this decision. It is absolutely ludicrous that a consultation is to be carried out during a period of closure. Health Minister Jim Wells needed to use today’s Assembly debate as his opportunity to reverse the illogical Trust proposal and to maintain current services at Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle.

“We have presented ample evidence of how Dalriada Hospital contributes to the efficiency of the Acute Hospital sector and how it provides a major service to MS patients.

“I am very disappointed by this decision at a time when the Minister needed to be standing up to the management of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.