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“Maternity Services under Severe Strain” - Adams

2 May, 2008

Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams has expressed his "deep concern" at the current state of maternity services in the Belfast region which he described as "under severe strain".

The west Belfast MP raised his concerns in a recent conversation with the Minister for Health Michael McGimpsey, and has arranged to meet the Minister specifically on this issue.

Mr. Adams hopes to visit the Royal Maternity soon to see first hand the problems faced by staff and patients.

A representative from Mr. Adams office has also visited the Royal Maternity in recent days to get 'first hand accounts of the problems faced by the Maternity Hospital as it seeks to provide a reliable and safe service to women'.

Mr. Adams pointed out that under the previous Minister for Health in the Executive Bairbre de Brún plans had been set down for work to commence this month on a new Regional Centre of Excellence for Women and Children on the Royal Maternity site.

Gerry Adams said:

"The fact that this has not happened and that the Royal Maternity has been excluded from the Ministers three year programme for capital build, means that the lives of women and children are being placed at unacceptable risk.

"The staff of the Royal Maternity are providing a first class service in a second rate Maternity system. This is not good enough and the planned closure of Lagan Valley will only make a bad situation worse." ENDS

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