Sinn Féin meet top civil servant over Daisy Hill concerns
Sinn Féin MLAs Conor Murphy and Megan Fearon have met with the head of the civil service Malcolm McKibbin to discuss concerns over the future of the emergency department at Daisy Hill Hospital.
Speaking following the meeting, Conor Murphy said:
"Myself and my colleague, Megan Fearon, met Malcolm McKibbin in Stormont Castle to outline to him the depth of anger and opposition that exists in our area to the Trust's failure to provide adequate medical cover to ensure 24-hour Emergency Department service in Daisy Hill.
"This failure, which has now led to a threat from the Trust to close night-time service, is clearly seen locally as part of a strategy to downgrade services in Daisy Hill Hospital.
“The Trust have recruited senior medical staff in recent times to service both Daisy Hill and Craigavon, it is their responsibility to ensure that this happens.
“Their plans to spend £1m on contingency plans in Craigavon while not addressing the issue of cover in Daisy Hill must be challenged by the Health Department".
Megan Fearon concluded:
"We have been given an undertaking by Malcolm McKibbin that he will speak to the Permanent Secretary of the Health Department and ask him to engage with the Trust. We expect further discussions with senior civil servants as a result of this initial meeting.
"We will continue to step up the fight to protect services at Daisy Hill Hospital."