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County Tyrone & South Derry - Deficit in Acute Hospital Service must be addressed

25 February, 2004

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP MLA has said that the deficit in acute hospital services provision in County Tyrone and South Derry must be addressed.

Speaking after of a meeting between a delegation of Sinn Féin MP's including Gerry Adams, Pat Doherty (West Tyrone) and Michelle Gildernew (Fermanagh South Tyrone) with NIO Health Minister Angela Smith, Mr Adams said:

"The decisions made by British Minister Des Browne stripped acute service provision from county Tyrone. This is not acceptable.

"Sinn Féin has published proposals which we consider would rebalance services available in both Tyrone and South Derry. The primary proposal concerns the location of acute services in a hospital in the area. Our particular preference is for a new build acute service hospital in the area. But we think also that consideration should be given, as an alternative, to the provision of Acute Services in County Tyrone or South Derry in an existing hospital or in a combination of existing hospitals there."

Sinn Féin have also identified what we consider as the absolute minimum level of services which should be available and located in the area. These include:

· 24 hour A & E services

· Maternity services

· Acute medical specialities, including cardiology

· Acute services specialities.

"We told the Minister today that in the interim existing services should be maintained and developed." ENDS

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