Sinn Féin MLA who is also the chair of the Health Committee today accepted a petition of over 16,000 names calling for the retention of paediatric cardiac care services at the RVH.
Speaking today Ms Ramsey said:
“On behalf of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety I am delighted to accept this petition.
“The future of paediatric cardiac surgery is a very serious issue and will impact many, many people.
“The Health Committee has brought a motion to the Assembly calling on the Minister to fully explore an all-island solution with Dublin.
““Instead of sending patients to England for surgery, placing additional strain on the health budget while causing undue stress to families and patients who have to travel, the Minister should be examining the option of a first class all Ireland service providing the necessary care and treatment for children with serious heart problems.
“This petition, containing over 16,000 names, has now been given to the Minister and I am supporting the message contained in it – keep paediatric cardiac care services at the RVH.”