SINN Féin assembly candidate Naomi Baillie has called on the North’s Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, MLA, to use extra money his Department has received to ensure continued services in the Downe Hospital.
Ms Baillie, who is standing for Sinn Féin in May’s Assembly elections made her call after talks concluded on the budget and the announcement that an additional £120 million has been earmarked for health.
The Sinn Féin representative said, “Threats to the provision of essential services in the Downe have persisted in recent years and we have witnessed the reduction of accident & emergency hours and other key health services in the Down area.
“Before this extra money was allocated in last week’s budget the South Eastern Trust claimed that money was needed to avoid the closure of beds and the loss of jobs.
“Extra money has now been identified and given to the Department. I want to see this money used wisely to underpin services and restore other services that we have lost in Down.
“The Health Minister Michael McGimpsey should use his authority to ensure that the South Eastern Trust gets what is required and that it is used to maintain and enhance the health services that the people of Down need.”