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All Ireland paediatric heart surgery could secure future of RVH service

30 August, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has welcomed the call to work towards the provision of all Ireland paediatric heart surgery as a means of ensuring the service remains at the RVH in Belfast and has urged the Health Minister Edwin Poots to thoroughly examine this option.

The West Belfast MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“The recent review highlighting that the provision of paediatric heart surgery in Belfast could be under threat due to it not being sustainable has left local patients extremely concerned.

“Instead of sending patients to England for surgery, placing additional strain on the health budget while causing undue stress to families and patients who have to travel, the Minister should be examining the option of a first class all Ireland servic providing the necessary care and treatment for children with serious heart problems.

“This could ensure the long term future of this service at the RVH.

“In the meantime families need to be reassured that their loved ones will get the treatment they are entitled to without having to undergo the added stress and expense of traveling to England.”

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