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IMAS report highlights urgent need for new Women and Childrens hospital at RVH -Ramsey

25 January, 2011 - by Sue Ramsey


Sinn Féin MLA for west Belfast and member of the Health Committee at the Assembly, Sue Ramsey, has stated that damning report by IMAS which has only come to light is a clear indication that the Health Minister must now bring forward as a priority the Women and Children’s Hospital at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Speaking this morning Ms Ramsey said:

“The report by the IMAS into the state of care in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children is startling. It has stated the hospital is cramped, under staffed and falling below standards.

“In May of last year Gerry Adams made a statement saying clearly that many sections of the present Children’s Hospital and the Royal Maternity were very old and as a result there were problems with general maintenance and with space for patients and administration.

“This report by the IMAS reinforces that position.

“If anything this report highlights further the urgent action that needs to be taken by the Health Minster in bring forward and committing to the building of a new, purpose built Womens and Children hospital at this site.

“We were all reassured by Michael McGimpsey that a new state-of-the-art hospital would be built on the site. That was supposed to have been in the 2005-08 spending cycle. However, we are now very close to the 2008-11 spending cycle and not a penny has been allocated to the building project.

“The campaign which began in the 1990’s calling for the a new regional hospital for women and children at the Royal Hospital is now in its 17th year.  As pressure continues to grow on the current facilities and staff it is another indication of Michael McGimpsey's failure as the man in charge of our health system.”

Note to Editor:

Ms Ramsey MLA has today submitted an Urgent Oral Question for the Health Minister detailing the concerns on this issue which is listed below:

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given today’s media coverage on the leaked report into standards of care at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children suggesting that there may be a very real risk that children will come to harm, to outline the main recommendations in the report and may give an assurance to patients, parents and staff that the services are up to standard.

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