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Daisy Hill Emergency Department to benefit from £1.65m funding boost

One of Northern Ireland's under-threat emergency departments is set to benefit from a £1.65m funding boost.

It comes as part of a £9.5m package of investment into various parts of Northern Ireland's health service.

Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Co Down, has faced risk of closure with a warning coming last year staff shortages could force a temporary closure.

At the time health chiefs said the move would only be taken as a last resort.

Many of the issues at Daisy Hill Hospital have arisen from difficulties in employing and keeping consultants.

Monday's funding boost comes from an initial £650,000 from the Department of Health's health and social care transformation fund.

An additional £1m capital funding allocation has been given from the Southern Trust to help improve infrastructure at the hospital site.

The move was welcomed on Monday by Newry & Armagh Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy.

"It is also a welcome but overdue recognition of the importance of frontline services in Daisy Hill," he said.

“This investment will help allay the concerns that many had after the suggested temporary suspension of access to services at Daisy Hill A&E meant the downgrading of the Emergency Department."

Read more on the background to difficulties at Daisy Hill Emergency Department. 

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