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Molloy concerned for the future of A&E at Mid-Ulster

18 November, 2008 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin MLA for Mid-Ulster, Francie Molloy has expressed his concern at proposals contained in a Northern Trust consultation document which would see an end to vital accident and emergency services at the Mid-Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt.

Mr Molloy today said:

"I pledge to fight moves that would herald the end of front line health services for the people of Mid-Ulster. Details of planned cuts to much needed services have emerged with the publication of the Northern Trust's Strategic Response to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2008-2011. The Northern Trust proposals would see the scrapping of the accident and emergency department at the Mid-Ulster Hospital and have it replaced with a minor injuries service.

"In practice this means ambulances will automatically take all seriously ill people to Antrim Area or to Belfast instead of the Mid-Ulster Hospital, adding at least 20 minutes to emergency response calls in potentially life and death situations.

"This is a very worrying development given that promises to improve ambulance cover in response to the removal of other services at the Mid-Ulster Hospital have not yet materialised. The experience of people living in the Dungannon area is that the introduction of a minor injuries clinic at South Tyrone hospital has been a failure.

"I am calling on everyone especially local civic leaders to study these proposals in great detail and to respond to the consultation which closes on Friday 19th December, 2008." ENDS

Note to Editors

You can respond to the consultation document by e-mail, letter or fax to Ms Alison Annett, Head of Equality, 8e Coleraine Road, Ballymoney Co. Antrim BT53 6BP. Tel: 028 27661377. Fax: 028 27661209. Textphone: 028 27661377. Email: [email protected]

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