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Concerns over future management of Belfast A&E - Ramsey

8 November, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA and Chair of the Health Committee Sue Ramsey has said that she is concerned over the future management of Belfast’s Accident and Emergency departments after the clinical director Dr Russell McLaughlin stepped down.

 Ms. Ramsey said,

“I am concerned that the director in emergency medicine for the Belfast Trust has stepped down and we need to ensure that he is replaced as soon as possible. 

 “Over the past few months the Accident and Emergency Department has faced major challenges especially with the closure of A&E at the City Hospital, challenges which Dr McLaughlin has worked hard to resolve.

 “I am concerned that Dr McLaughlin did not receive the support needed from the Health Department to transform the A&E in the Belfast area.

 “I was contacted by people on Monday of this week who were complaining about the length of wait within A&E and the length of time patients had to wait to be admitted to hospital. I have raised this issue with the health committee yesterday and await a response from the Minister. I am concerned that A&E is under pressure as there is no clinical director in place 

 “I am calling on Health Minister Edwin Poots to outline what plans he has in place to ensure the continuation of transforming the Belfast A&E and confirm if funding is available to cover all the reforms needed to ensure the service is fit for the city of Belfast.

 “I would also like to thank Dr McLaughlin for his work and service and wish him well as he continues his career as an A&E consultant.”

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