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Support For Rural Transport Welcomed

5 December, 2011 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed the support for the motion calling on the retention of transport in rural areas for people attending hospital appointments.

Mr McMullan said,

“I raised a motion in the Assembly calling for support for the retention of transport for people attending hospital appointments from rural areas.  It is important that this scheme remains in place as many people in the rural community either don’t have their own transport or are unable to drive due to the illness they are suffering from 

“If this scheme is removed then many people will be faced with a financial hardship in getting to their appointments and this is especially so for people suffering from a chronic illness who need regular treatment.  It is important for both patient and the hospital involved that people attend their appointments.

“I welcome the support from the other parties and the commitment from the Minister Danny Kennedy to liaise with the Health and Finance Departments in order to preserve this much needed service for the rural community.”

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