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Sinn Féin Criticise Closure of Lagan Valley Maternity Unit - John O' Dowd

20 February, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has criticised the decision to close the Lagan Valley Maternity Unit.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"This decision will place an impossible burden on the staff in the Craigavon and the Royal Maternity Units. My wife recently gave birth in Craigavon hospital and I saw at first hand the pressure under which staff work at present patient levels. Craigavon has the highest rate of caesarean deliveries in these islands and to raise the patient level would be to place an intolerable burden upon the staff in the maternity unit.

"The department need to be imaginative about how the maternity unit at Lagan valley is staffed rather than take the quick fix option of closing it completely." ENDS

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