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Boylan disappointed in Trusts proposals for Armagh hospitals.

27 March, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin assembly member Cathal Boylan has spoken out after attending a meeting of the Southern Health Trust’s Board of Directors today. Mr. Boylan expressed his disappointment following the decision of the board to approve proposals for Mullinure, Saint Luke’s and Longstone.

Contained in the proposals is the reduction of services in Mullinure, the removal of beds from Saint Luke’s and Longstone and transfer to Craigavon.

Mr. Boylan said,

“These decisions will have far reaching consequences for the patients, relatives, employees and the local economy.”

Mr. Boylan added there was mixed feelings throughout the day as Skeagh House and Slieve Roe care homes are to be maintained while up 200 jobs could be lost at Mullinure.

“Yesterday I witnessed tears of joy in the morning and tears of despair in the afternoon. The much needed care homes have been saved but this was followed by the disappointing news of huge cuts and closures in Armagh Hospital.”

Mr. Boylan concluded by stating that he is seeking an emergency meeting with the Minister Michael mc Gimpsey to discuss these proposals.

Note to Editors:

UNISON will be traveling to Stormont on Monday 30th March regarding these cuts.

Conor Murphy MP MLA, Cathal Boylan MLA and Mickey Brady MLA have confirmed that they will meet with the trade union’s representatives.

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