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Sinn Féin MLA calls on Minister to reassure heart patient families

2 August, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has called on Health Minister Edwin Poots to reassure patients and parents that the Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Services will remain at the RVH.

The West Belfast MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“Like many people I am concerned over recent speculation that the Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Services at the RVH are under threat. Patients and their parents need to be reassured that this service will remain at the RVH.

“There has been speculation that patients could be brought to Britain for surgery but both in terms of patient welfare and costs this surely does not make sense. Working in conjunction with the Health Minister James Reilly in the 26 counties could provide a local solution to problems of sustainability.

"A first class all Ireland service, providing the necessary care and treatment for children with serious heart problems, should be the aim. In the meantime families need to be reassured that their loved ones will get the treatment they are entitled to without having to undergo the added stress and expense of travelling to England.”

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