Conor Murphy seeks urgent meeting on Daisy Hill A&E
Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has confirmed he has requested a meeting with the Chief Executive of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust about understaffing at the Accident & Emergency Unit in Daisy Hill and the threat of suspension of the service.
Conor Murphy said:
"This issue of sufficient medical cover for Daisy Hill’s Emergency Department has been raised with the Trust by myself and party colleagues for a number of years now.
“Michelle O'Neill, as Health Minister, visited Daisy Hill and the Emergency Department in recent weeks to talk to staff about the pressures they were facing.
“The Trust have employed enough senior staff in recent times to ensure there is adequate cover in both Daisy Hill and Craigavon.
“It is their responsibility to deliver 24-hour cover in the Emergency Departments, and the loss of services is not the answer.
"I have this morning contacted the Chief Executive of the Trust requesting a meeting as a matter of priority to discuss the issue.
“The suggested temporary suspension of access to services at Daisy Hill A&E Unit is already promoting real concerns that the Emergency Department could be further downgraded, increasing the chances that other services will be whittled away in turn.
“This must not be an option for consideration. The Trust must provide adequate cover for both Daisy Hill and Craigavon.”