Health Minister rubber stamps run down of Mid-Ulster Hospital - Molloy
Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, Francie Molloy has expressed great disappointment that the Minister for Health, Micheal Mc Gimpsey, has simply rubber stamped proposals brought forward by the Northern Trust to close inpatient surgical beds at Mid-Ulster Hospital and reduce surgery to day time only.
Speaking after the health minister's announcement Mr Molloy said:
"As predicted, we see the gradual but continual decline of the Mid Ulster Hospital which will result in closure by stealth."
"Despite the appeal made by a Sinn Féin delegation to the Northern Trust to look at long term plans rather than short term gains, no one it would seem is prepared to admit that bad decisions have been made in the location of the Causeway and Antrim Area hospitals. Money and resources will continue to be removed from regional hospitals and the entire centre of the North will be left void of acute hospital provision."
"The Minister on his visit to the Mid Ulster seemed impressed by the decor of the new ward set aside for day surgery, but paint and pictures are no substitute for medical beds and inpatient care."
"I would appeal once again for representatives of all political parties to come togather, to speak with one voice and demand proper, safe health care provision for the people of Mid Ulster".