Minister should provide assurance

MLA Daithi McKay.
MLA Daithi McKay.

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that the Health Minister should provide an assurance that the controversial proposal to close Dalriada Hospital is not revisited upon the community in the year ahead. He was speaking after asking the Health Minister if the proposed closure would be included in the 2015/16 Health budget.

He said: “It is not good enough that the Health Minister is continuing to make allusive answers to questions about the future of Dalriada. What the people here want is an absolute assurance that closure is off the Northern Trust agenda and off it for good. Jim Wells has got a significant financial uplift in this budget and a small portion of that must be set aside to secure the future of the Dal. This rural community, as he knows, is no soft touch and if he is looking for savings for his 2015/16 budget then he’d better look elsewhere.”