Workers down tools and quit hospital’s A&E site

August 12, 2013

by Christine Keighery

Work on the long awaited extension to Daisy Hill hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit came to an abrupt standstill on Wednesday afternoon after workers downed tools before walking off the site.

The £1.5 million project is in the latter stages of completion so the news that all work had ceased completely and that staff were not informed of any imminent stoppages was described by Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady as a “worrying development.”

The Southern Trust was unable to shed any light on the matter.  Speaking to The Examiner on Friday, a spokesperson confirmed that work had ceased unexpectedly and that, despite the Trust seeking clarification from the contractors on the matter, no reason had been given as to why work was unceremoniously stopped.

It is understood that representatives from the firm contracted to carry out the extension work, failed to attend a meeting called by the Trust on Thursday to discuss the situation.

An official statement provided by the Southern Trust read: “The £1.5m project to modernise the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital is due to be completed by the end of the summer.

“There has been an unexpected delay in progressing the final stages of this major project. However, the Trust is working with the project design team and is being supported by Health Estates to ensure the work is completed with minimal delay.”