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Huge rally a testament to local demand for Downe future - Hazzard

14 February, 2015 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard says today’s huge rally is proof that local people are fully behind the ‘Save Downe’ campaign and want an enhanced local hospital based in Downpatrick. 

The local MLA said:

“It was fantastic to see thousands of people on the streets of Downpatrick today in support of the Downe Hospital - for too long they have witnessed the centralisation of vital services to the Belfast hospitals - today was their day to say enough is enough. 

“South Eastern Trust officials must listen to the pleas today to utilise our brilliant staff and facilities at the Downe - we want to see a vibrant hospital with a vibrant future - what we are being offered is not good enough. It is clear that Trust officials and the Minister Jim Wells need to go back to the drawing board and deliver for Downe." 

Mr Hazzard added:

“We are fully aware of the need for considered plans in light of difficult economic times, but we are only asking for a very small slice of the pie - in recent years the Ulster Hospital has received literally hundreds of millions of pounds in investment in new facilities - we are only asking the Trust to utilise what they already have in Downpatrick.” 

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