East Antrim Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has continued to lobby the Health Minister for investment in Helath centres in both Carrickfergus and Larne.
Mr Beggs asked the Health Minister “What plans has she to invest in General Practice Centres in Carrickfergus and Larne, to enable more patients to be treated locally?”
In response to Roy Beggs, the Minister said “Both Carrickfergus and Larne have also been identified as possible hubs within the Northern Trust area and are included in the Health and Social Care Board’s draft Strategic Implementation Plan which sets out proposals for future investment in primary care infrastructure. Delivery of these facilities will have to be considered alongside other capital investment priorities and will be dependent on future budget availability, confirmation of value for money, and affordability.”
Mr Beggs responded stating “There is a clear need to improve the dated Taylors Avenue and Gloucester Avenue Health Centres. Investment in local GP services and facilities could help take the pressure off A&E Hospitals by enabling more services to be delivered localy. New Health and Care centres such as the Grove Well Being Centre and Ballymena Health and Care centre have improved local health provision by creating modern facilities with many relevant health professionals being located on the one site. Whilst I have been disappointed by the ministers respond, I will continue to lobby for investment in improved health care facilities in Carrickfergus & Larne. East Antrim also deserves investment in health”