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Sinn Féin representatives meet hospital chiefs on A&E pressures

3 September, 2014 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey and North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín today met with the Belfast Trust to discuss recent pressures on A&E departments in the city.

Paul Maskey said:

“During what was a very positive meeting we raised the issue of patients enduring long waits on trolleys and in A&E reception areas in the RVH and Mater hospitals.

“We discussed the pressure faced by patients and by health and social care staff in the hospitals and the management of beds for the sick and those being discharged.

“We also asked about how the recommendations from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine were being implemented.”

Carál Ní Chuilín said that the Sinn Féin pair were particularly concerned about how A&E departments will cope with the winter.

“We asked about planning for the winter which is traditionally the challenging part of the year for A&E departments.

“We have been assured that plans for winter provision are currently being developed and that they will be produced by the middle of next month.

“The Trust has told us they are taking these matters seriously and we will continue to monitor closely the situation at the local hospitals in north and west Belfast.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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