CLLR EMMET DOYLE: First Ministers Must Deliver on Detox Provision
Derry Aontú Cllr Emmet Doyle has called on the First and Deputy First Minister to ensure that the provision of in-patient detox facilities in Derry is prioritised for funding under 'New Decade New Approach'
“In recent correspondence to Council arising from my motion calling for a detox centre in the City, the Health Minister revealed that not all funding earmarked for 'New Decade New Approach' commitments will be made available, and that the two First Ministers alongside the Secretary of State had formed a Joint Board to prioritise and funding commitments.
It is absolutely essential that the commitment for a detox provision in this City is prioritised and fully funded. All of the evidence collected as part of the campaign shows beyond any doubt that a service is needed in this city and that it would provide a benefit alongside the other services for those with addictions.
I am calling on both Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill to ensure that, in their discussions about funding and prioritisation of projects, our detox service sits at the very top of the list. It is a matter of life and death for those who need it in our city”