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McElduff welcomes announcement on Omagh palliative care ward

7 November, 2014 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed the announcement by the Western Trust it is not going ahead with plans to merge palliative care and rehabilitation wards at Tyrone County Hospital. 

Speaking after meeting senior Western Trust officials at the hospital in Omagh, Mr McElduff said; 

"I met with senior management from the Western Trust at the Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh this morning to express serious concerns at the proposals to merge the palliative care and rehabilitation wards. 

"At the meeting, the Trust representatives announced that the proposals have now been paused and that is to be welcomed. 

"The people of Omagh were very concerned about this proposal and I am glad that their voice has been heard and been listened to. 

"I would now like the Trust to go further and totally abandon the proposed merger, which I made clear is insensitive and inadequate. 

"I am hopeful that the Trust will continue to listen to the concerns of the local community and overturn this proposal. 

"The palliative care unit at the Tyrone County Hospital has provided a great service to the community in Omagh. It is absolutely vital, particularly as there is no hospice in Omagh. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to engage with the Western Trust to ensure this crucial facility remains at the Tyrone County Hospital." 

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