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PM embroiled in row over new Antrim hospital

Published 25/08/2016

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher

The PM was dragged into a row over the location of a new hospital in Northern Ireland.

Plans had been drawn up for a 600-bed facility in Antrim.

But there was strong local opposition, with calls for the hospital to be built in Ballymena.

Local MP, Ian Paisley, wrote to Margaret Thatcher saying the plans had caused "great concern".

He told the PM: "The proposals of (NIO Minister) Mr Needham, both from a financial and practical point of view, will not, we contend, realise the objective of providing a modern and efficient hospital service readily available to all people."

Secretary of State Tom King replied on Mrs Thatcher's behalf, suggesting a meeting with Mr Paisley to discuss his concerns.

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