Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Health minister reinstated for a couple of hours to sign off primary care investment

Northern Ireland’s health minister signed off nearly £1.5m for primary care services after he and other ministers from the Democratic Unionist Party were reinstated for a couple of hours on Wednesday before resigning again.

The assembly has been in crisis since the murder of a former IRA man in August.

The murder of Kevin McGuigan Sr caused a row between the political parties after Northern Ireland’s police chief said IRA members had a role in the murder and that the organisation still existed.

But Simon Hamilton had to return to the Government yesterday to sign off previously promised money to general practice.

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘Building on a previous announcement of a planned investment package into primary care services which was announced on 1 April 2015, Simon Hamilton yesterday released £1.3m of this investment into General Medical Services.’

Picture credit: Northern Ireland Executive

Have your say