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Gildernew welcomes resumption of Gynae services in Erne Hospital

3 September, 2009

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed news that gynae services will be reinstated in the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen on the 14th of September.

Speaking on this matter Ms Gildernew said;

“This is an issue that I have been personally involved in trying to resolve over the past six to eight weeks. As a result of needless bureaucracy caused by the British Home Office two junior doctors were unable to have their visa’s expedited in order for them to come and work in the Erne Hospital. I believe that this is an absolutely ridiculous situation, particularly given the fact that one of the doctors trained here in Ireland and the other over in England.

I have been in direct contact with British Immigration Minister Phil Willis’ Private Office in relation to getting this matter resolved as quickly as possible.

These much needed and important services cannot afford to be removed from an area like this, even if it is just on a temporary basis. Visa’s for people offering such necessary services should be processed without the needless delays so often presented as a result of bureaucracy and red tape within the British Home Office.

I am pleased that the matter has been resolved at this juncture and will continue to work in the time ahead to ensure that such delays don’t continue to inflict such losses on the people of Fermanagh and Tyrone.” CRÍOCH

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