"In response to a question which I posed to Health Minister, Edwin Poots concerning the proposed establishment of specialised Health Campuses across the North, the Minister responded that 'the Health Board will be moving to business case stage for location of these campuses'.
Maeve McLaughlin said:
"In light of this response I am now calling on Minister Poots to state unequivocally that a Health Campus will be established on the Cityside of Derry. Despite a site being identified in Derry a number of years ago and an overwhelming case being made for such a facility the Minister proceeded to choose Lisburn and Newry as the priority locations.
"As a vehicle to ensure sustainability of services the stated objective of 'Transforming Your Care' (TYC) Report (December 2011) was to reform and modernise health and social care with a community based focus. With this in mind the Department identified the Health Campus with Integrated Care Partnerships as its preferred model.
"It set out a proposal to build and develop facilities based on a 'Hub' (Health and Care Centre) providing services for the local population complimented by a range of 'Spokes' (GP surgeries).
"The Hub and Spoke model if implemented properly could be more patient friendly and provide a better individual user led care model within the community.
"The Minister has stated that Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) and Health Trusts are now working closely together to determine the most appropriate location for the various hubs and spokes. I will be in touch with the Board to make the case for a Cityside location in Derry and to impress on them the absence - in an area of over 70,000 population - of enhanced services of the kind promised by the new Health Campus model - such as primary care professionals from a range of disciplines, including GP's working with modern equipment and advanced technologies to provide services that are easily accessible and responsive to client and patient needs."