Disappointed by Health Minister’s response to GP issue

Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has expressed her disappointment at Health Minister Edwin Poots’s failure to commit to fund a new GP’s surgery for the residents of Donaghcloney and Waringstown.

She said: “Following the recent public meeting held in Donaghcloney, I asked the Minister directly if he would make a special case for Donaghcloney and Waringstown residents given the impact of the closure of the Waringstown branch surgery.

“Unfortunately in his response Mr Poots has told me he is ‘not in a position to advise when such a facility will receive the necessary funding or when it will be open to patients’.

“I had hoped that the Minister would see the sense in the argument that as health services are being impacted by the Waringstown closure that funds should be brought forward earlier rather than later.

“The Health Minister’s response does not inspire confidence, but rather it shows a disappointing lack of urgency to come forward and deliver modern health care facilities for the people of Waringstown and Donaghcloney.”