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Trust must use additional money to keep Dalriada open - McKay

8 December, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has called on the Northern Trust to use additional money it was allocated in October to keep the Dalriada Hospital open. 

The North Antrim MLA was speaking after finding out that the Trust will receive a further £3.8million to be used this financial year. 

The information was disclosed by the Health Minister to Mr McKay in an answer to an Assembly question.

Daithí McKay said:

"This disclosure from the Health Minister clearly shows that the Northern Trust have extra money available as a result of the last monitoring round. 

"The Minister has said he has been looking for financial solutions to ensure that money is made available to save the Dal. This is the solution. 

“This money is as yet unspent and unallocated according to this response. 

“The Minister must instruct the Trust to use a small fraction of this extra funding to keep the hospital open and the consultation into its future should be cancelled. 

“I am calling on the Minister to act immediately." 

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