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Kelly expresses shock at Whiteabbey A&E closure announcement.

13 May, 2010 - by Gerry Kelly

Speaking today following the shock announcement of the down grading of Whiteabbey A&E and relocation of cardiac services North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said.

“This announcement will come as a shock to the dedicated staff, and the wider community who depend on this health facility. The lack of consultation leading up to the decision is alarming and shows the degree of contempt that the board have for staff, Unions and patients. This decision will only serve to place further pressure on the already over burdened Antrim Area Hospital at a time when there are increasing reports of long trolley waits at A&E facilities at all of our hospitals. This announcement is not in the best interest of this community and does not in my opinion meet the duty of care to the community that is expected of the Health authorities.”

“Holding back this announcement until after the election was a cynical and cowardly act. This matter has been extremely poorly managed and flies in the face of the departments robust claims that any such move was alarmist when we previously raised this in the media.” ENDS

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