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People must come first in cardiac decision – Sinn Féin

25 April, 2013 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey said she is disappointed with the recommendation that Paediatric Cardiac Surgery not be retained at the RVH but said the fact that children would not have to travel to England was welcome.

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

“The final decision on this recommendation rests with the Health Minister Edwin Poots who gave me a commitment that he would appear in front of the committee before he makes his decision.

“The crucial point is that we have been told that heart surgery in Belfast is safe but not sustainable. There should be room for surgery to be shared between both Dublin and Belfast to make it sustainable.

““Sinn Féin believes an all Ireland approach to Paediatric care is the best viable option and will save families and patients from the added burden of travelling across the water for treatment.

“This is only a recommendation and the workings of it in practise need to be looked at in detail. People need to come first before statistics and the solution that provides a professional, sustainable and most of all safe cardiac surgery procedure on this island must take preference.” 

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