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Great sadness at Omagh Hospital Vigil - McColgan

2 March, 2009

The Sinn Féin Chairperson of Omagh District Council, Cllr Marty McColgan says that there was great sadness at the vigil held in Omagh last night to coincide with the decision by the Western Trust to withdraw acute services provision at the Tyrone County Hospital.

Speaking following the vigil Cllr McColgan said,

"The sense of sadness at this event was matched by a sense of anger about the Western Trust's handling of the situation. Previous commitments given that a level of acute service provision would be maintained at Tyrone County until the new A&E hospital at Enniskillen become operational have fallen by the wayside and the general feeling is that the Trust were not pro-active in ensuring that this commitment was fulfilled.

"The haste by which this move to withdraw acute services was implemented has also left a situation whereby nursing staff, who have given so much loyal service to the people of this area down through the years, are now being forced to make a return journey for duties at Altnagelvin or Erne on a daily basis before they even have an opportunity to be formally re-assigned.

"Given the long distances that acutely ill-patients in the catchments area of Tyrone County are be now expected to travel it is incumbent upon the Trust to ensure that additional emergency ambulance cover is provided in this area." ENDS

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