Health Minister announces Capital Spend priorities for next 4 years

23/03/2011

In his final statement to the NI Assembly as Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey has outlined his spending priorities for the next four years.

In his final statement to the NI Assembly as Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey has outlined his spending priorities for the next four years.

Among the schemes that he has committed to fund are:
  • A new regional Maternity Hospital at the Royal Hospitals site
  • A new Acute Psychiatric Facility at Belfast City Hospital
  • Two new radiotherapy machines at Belfast City Hospital

Speaking to the house, the Minister acknowledged the challenges presented by the recent budget settlement, saying, “in light of the significant funding challenges I face, I have had to determine which capital projects must be progressed.... while I acknowledge that this announcement will be welcomed by those whose needs are being met, I also recognise that it will bring great disappointment to many more whose vital projects have had to be delayed.”

Review planned

In his statement, the minister also announced a major review of the current profile of health and social care services. This review will examine how to deliver the best care within the available resources, to improve health and well-being and meet the needs of all citizens.

Read the Minister’s statement in full