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New Chief Executive of Belfast Trust must address serious concerns - McLaughlin

11 March, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said there is a significant task of work for whoever is to replace Colm Donaghy.

Speaking following the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Ms McLaughlin, who is also the Chair of the Health Committee, said:

"Colm Donaghy moving on to another post is his prerogative and we wish him well.

"However given the significant concerns that have arisen over the Health Service, not least within the Belfast Trust area, we must ensure that whoever comes in to replace him is up to the task of dealing with these concerns and restoring public confidence in the health system.

"The task ahead will involve a significant amount of heavy lifting. Over the past few months we have seen staff placed under inordinate amounts of pressure, trolley waits of over 24 hours, an emergency situation declared in the A&E at the RVH, followed a month later with so-called ‘escalation measures’ being enacted.

"This is not acceptable and is unsustainable. The minister needs to ensure that this post is filled swiftly and that these and other issues are addressed comprehensively as a matter of urgency.”

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