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Sinn Féin concerned over hospital cash crisis

10 November, 2004

Sinn Féin health spokesperson, Cllr John O'Dowd MLA, has expressed concerns about an impending cash crisis at one of the North's top hospitals.

Cllr O'Dowd said, "The media reports that Belfast City Hospital may be facing an impending financial crisis are of major concern. That one of the North's top hospitals may have to cut-back on the provision of healthcare services to cancer and other patients is something that is deeply worrying.

"There is no doubt that the health service in the North has been massively underfunded by successive British governments, and that there is an urgent need for an immediate and significant increase in the amount of funding available to the health service."

The Sinn Féin MLA continued, "Earlier today, I was present when one of the North's most senior health professionals described the current state of the health service.Putting it bluntly, she warned that unless that much needed injection of funding was released by the British Government, then within a fairly short timeframe, the health service in the North would be facing a major famine of resources."

He added, "I and other party colleagues will be meeting with senior members of the Eastern Health Board today to discuss future funding needs and requirements. This is part of a planned series of meetings which we are arranging with the North's four health Boards to discuss resources and the current government consultation on the capitation formula." ENDS

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