11 June 2018
Newry & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin has welcomed the investment of £1.65million for Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry which to help fund emergency care. Concerns had been raised previously about the long-term viability of a 24-hour Emergency Department.
Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Committee
£650,000 of the package comes from the health and social care Transformation Fund which was secured by the Democratic Unionist Party through the Confidence and Supply Agreement at Westminster.
Mr Irwin said “This investment will be warmly welcomed by everyone in the local area. There will obviously need to be further ongoing investment, but it is highly significant that £650,000 of this initial funding comes directly from money secured through the Confidence and Supply Agreement negotiated by the DUP.
Whilst Newry & Armagh is voiceless at Westminster I am glad that funding secured by the DUP is benefitting the constituency. It further highlights the benefits that this agreement is bringing to every corner of Northern Ireland.
The extra funding secured for health has delivered benefits directly such as announcements like this, but extra investment in the health service has reduced pressures and allowed other funding announcements to be made. The announcement of £8.8million for GP services builds on the £15million for GPs from the Transformation Fund which was announced in May.
Whilst some others cannot or will not step up to deliver benefits for Northern Ireland I am glad that the DUP has been able to deliver such investment into our health service.”