Hazzard calls for support for 'Love Downe' rally
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."