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Vital heart services on all-island basis possible - Sue Ramsey

25 September, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey


Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey said that heart patients and their families will be pleased with the support of the Assembly following today’s motion on Paediatric Services.

Addressing the Assembly today as Chair of the Health Committee, Sue Ramsey proposed a motion calling on the minister to both reassure parents of future paediatric services and to explore an all-island solution to the issue.

Following the motion being passed with the unanimous support of the Assembly, Sue Ramsey said:

“The Health Committee brought the motion to the Assembly calling on the Minister to fully explore an all-island solution with Dublin so that patients could avail of vital heart services on the island of Ireland.

“Sending patients to England for surgery would only place additional strain on the health budget and cause undue stress to families and patients.

“It is good news that there is complete support in the Assembly for an all-island solution to be explored and that the minister will initiate that.

“The option of a first class all-island service providing the necessary care and treatment for children with serious heart problems is a goal that can not be shunned for party political reasons.”

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