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Erne Hospital – loss of maternity beds will have ‘devastating impact’

24 August, 2008

Local Sinn Féin Enniskillen Councillor Pat Cox has said that the reported closure of 8 maternity beds in the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen on September 1st will have a massive impact on local expectant mothers and families.

Cllr Cox said:

"The reported decision to close 8 maternity beds at the Erne Hospital will have a devastating impact on local expectant mothers and families.

"Even before threatened loss of these beds maternity services at the Erne are struggling to meet the needs of the community.

"I am concern that expectant mothers will face even greater pressures and hardship at a time when they need the maximum support.

"The loss of this capacity at the hospital also increases concern that many local people have about the shape and composition of services that will be sustained when the new hospital is built." ENDS

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