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Ritchie: Drastic health cuts to impact Downe Hospital

Today’s announcement from the Heath Minister that he is demanding cuts of £30 to £40 million from the Health Service Trusts by the end March 2015 is devastating news for patients and staff according to SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie.
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Durkan: Bad budget does not serve the needs of the people

Speaking after an Executive meeting to discuss the draft Budget, SDLP Minister Mark H Durkan confirmed that he voted against saying that it was a bad budget that would not serve the needs of the people.
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Cunningham: Save Dalriada Hospital

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called on Health Minister Jim Wells to immediately halt plans to close the Dalriada Hospital after this morning’s announcement that 20 intermediate care beds would close from the end of November to the end of the financial year effectively meaning the closure of the hospital.
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McKinney: Devastating cuts show up empty budget promises

SDLP Health spokesperson Fearghal McKinney MLA has said that an avalanche of cuts to health services across the north will fundamentally undermine public confidence in a budget which it was claimed would protect frontline services.
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Ramsey welcomes commitment to Radiotherapy Unit and Family Fund

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has welcomed the commitment of Health Minister Jim Wells to securing funding for the new radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin ahead of a 2016 opening.
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