Health Minister Michelle O’Neill visited Northlands in Derry today to hear first-hand from staff, about the provision of rehabilitation services.
Northlands provide rehabilitation services in the area of alcohol and drug misuse.
Meeting staff to discuss a range of issues the Minister said: “Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the good work Northlands, and other community and voluntary sector organisations, have undertaken over many years in the field of alcohol and drug misuse.
“I want to engage with frontline staff who deliver key services in their community and hear about the challenges they face. I’ve listened carefully to all the concerns raised by Northlands today.
“In the 2015/16 financial year, the HSCB invested £368,000, on behalf of the Western and Northern Trusts, for the provision of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Services. I can assure everyone that there is no plan to reduce this funding from the Commissioner.”
Michelle O’Neill added: “Northlands highlighted a number of issues with me today which I committed to examining further. My time in office will be about engaging with those people who provide invaluable services across the north."
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