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Work on hospital’s A&E site to recommence soon

August 19, 2013

Following the unexpected cessation of work on the extension of Daisy Hill hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit last week, it is understood that work will soon recommence on the project.

Work on the site came to an abrupt standstill on Wednesday 7th August 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 seen as a worrying development. At the time, the Southern Trust seemed to be in the dark as to why work had stopped and had unsuccessfully tried to meet with the building contractors to discuss the matter.

Newry Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has now revealed that, having spoken to Southern Trust representatives last Friday, he is hopeful that building work will recommence soon.

“I believe that the Trust have been in consultation with legal advisers regarding the best way to proceed with this construction” said Mr Brady.

It appears that following termination of the original contract there will now be a two week period before work can begin again.  This will mean that the work should be completed by mid September.

“I hope that hospital staff and patients are not inconvenienced by this delay and I urge the Trust to keep the channels of communication open on this issue.”

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