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Hazzard calls for support for 'Love Downe' rally

11 February, 2015 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on the wider South Down community to attend this weekend's 'Love Downe' rally in Downpatrick. 

The South Down MLA said: 

"This Saturday is a very special Valentine’s Day for the people of Down; it’s a chance for all of us to stand shoulder to shoulder and express our solidarity with our local hospital and the dedicated staff who provide world-class accessible healthcare. 

"In recent years the Downe has suffered immeasurably as a result of unjustifiable centralisation policies implemented by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust. 

"We have seen our A&E closed, we've seen our Coronary Care emasculated, and we've seen further bed closures – yet at the same time we have seen hundreds of millions of pounds invested in the Ulster Hospital in Belfast. 

"The people of Down have had enough; for too long our local hospital has been on life-support.

"We are entitled to equal access to vital healthcare services - on Saturday we continue our march for equality." 

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