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Sinn Féin MPs to submit positive Hospital proposals to Angela Smith on 25th February

14 February, 2004


Sinn Féin's 4 MPs are set to meet Direct Rule Health Minister Angela Smith on Wednesday 25th February to discuss the party's proposals on how the deficit in acute service hospital provision in Tyrone and South Derry can be best addressed.

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty requested the meeting on behalf of Sinn Féin in December outlining how the decisions reached by former Health Minister Des Browne, have left a major deficit in terms of acute service provision for the population of Tyrone and South Derry.

Pat Doherty said:

"The issue of equality of access to acute health service provision is crucial to the people of Tyrone and South Derry. Sinn Féin's 4 MPs attending this meeting sends out a very clear signal of our determination to see progress on this issue to Angela Smith.

"We believe that the proposals as contained in our party document, "A Healthy Future" provide realistic and sustainable solutions to the inequalities that exist in terms of access to acute health service provision west of the Bann, between east and west of the Bann, and in the north west region of Ireland as a whole.

"Central to these proposals is the provision a new build "state of the art acute service hospital" on a green field site convenient to the three existing hospitals in Tyrone and South Derry.

Such a provision, Sinn Féin believes, will not only maximise catchments areas thereby ensuring long-term sustainability and equality of access to essential services but will also ensure maximum clinical excellence.

Sinn Féin MPs will also be pushing for additional ambulance cover and resources for the Western Division Area and for action to be taken to stop the decline in service provision at the Tyrone County, South Tyrone and Mid-Ulster Hospitals.

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