£47m cash boost for health welcomed

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DUP MLA Gary Middleton says an extra £47million made available to alleviate pressures in the health service will help reduce excessive waiting lists and improve outcomes for patients.

Mr Middleton said: “There were many welcome announcements in the monitoring round statement made today although we are all aware of the pressures facing the health service over the last number of months. The announcement of the additional money is particularly welcome news.

“Out of the £47.6million made available, £40 million will be specifically for elective care and diagnostics which will allow up to a further 40,000 assessments and 15,000 treatments in additional operations and treatments by the end of March 2016.

“This will go some way to reducing excessive waiting lists for both outpatients and inpatients and improve outcomes for patients.”