04/03/2004

Minister opens local health and social care group

Health Minister, Angela Smith today officially opened the new premises of Ards Local Health and Social Care Group.

The Group will bring together providers of local primary and community services, to ensure a localised approach to the delivery of such services.

On the second day of a two day series of engagements in the Eastern Board area the Minister said: "The Group have made excellent progress investing over £1 million in primary and community care services.

"Through their endeavours, services in the locality have been significantly improved and I welcome the constructive contribution the group has made to the development of local services."

Ards LHSCG is one of 15 local multidisciplinary groups set up in June 2002 following the ending of the GP fundholding scheme. The group serves a population of approximately 73,000, with boundaries coterminous with those of Ards Borough Council.

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