Mater Hospital emergency department news welcome - Kelly
Welcoming an announcement of the return to normal services at the Mater Emergency Department in North Belfast, local Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said,
"The recent disruption to vital services at the Mater Emergency Department created concern for local people and staff.
"Throughout this period we have been in regular contact with the Belfast Trust at the highest level seeking assurances as to the ongoing situation and the future of Mater Hospital services.
"The news that ambulance services will return to normal from 8am on Thursday, ending the temporary diversion, is most welcome and I would praise all involved in bringing this episode to a conclusion.
"It is my understanding that substantial discussions have been ongoing between the Trust, Unison, staff, the Ambulance service and medical teams in recent days and that agreed protocols have been put in place to avoid a repeat of this situation arising in the future.
"It is also important that the clear need for both the Mater and Royal Emergency Departments has been reiterated by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
"I welcome these developments and this news will come as a relief to everyone working and depending on the Mater Hospital in the local community."