Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay said tonight that a proposal by the Northern Trust to close beds at a North Antrim hospital would end generations of care at Dalriada.
The North Antrim MLA said:
“There has been a hospital on this site for generations and if the proposal to close beds is adopted it will be the end of the road for Dalriada.
“It has been proposed that staff be moved out of Dalriada in four weeks time. We need to challenge this.
“In my view there are only four weeks to save the hospital from closure. Local politicians and the local community must now put pressure on the DUP and its health minister to prevent what will be a devastating blow to Ballycastle.
“The DUP is targeting frontline services in the health service, and that is shameful.
“Rural services are often seen as a soft target in terms of departmental cuts and that has certainly influenced those who have drawn up this proposal.
“We need to oppose this agenda and do all we can over the next number of weeks to save Dalriada.”