Southern Trust facing judicial review over Daisy Hill Hospital
Sinn Féin South Down candidate Chris Hazzard said the campaign to protect Accident & Emergency services at the Daisy Hospital has intensified this week with a judicial review now looking ever more likely.
Speaking from the Daisy Hill Hospital, Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MLA said:
“With more than 53,000 patients accessing emergency services at Daisy Hill last year a collective sigh of relief was evident last month when the Trust acknowledged that there remains a need for the acute services to be retained now and in the future.
“However the Southern Trust’s position was diluted somewhat in private correspondence to Sinn Féin when they stated that 'in the event that some suspension of overnight Emergency Department services has been necessary, this would inevitably cause a chain of events resulting in service diminishment.'
“Consequently the community remain concerned that proposals by the Trust to ensure that Emergency Services at Daisy Hill remain in operation as they currently are will not be subject to any temporary or permanent closure.
“The Southern Trust have been asked to confirm that in line with their previous public statements and their statutory obligations pursuant to Section 20 of the Health & Social Care (Reform) Act 2009, a consultation will be commissioned should such a proposal for change be put forward.
“The Southern Trust have also been asked to confirm that an Equality Impact Assessment has been conducted regarding its current approach to the provision of services to Craigavon Area Hospital and Daisy Hill and that they now publish its findings.
“In addition the Trust have also been asked to confirm that they have assessed the impact that any temporary or permanent closure of Daisy Hill would have on Craigavon Area hospital.
“If the Southern Trust fail to confirm that appropriate arrangements have been put in place to ensure Daisy Hill Emergency Department remains open, judicial review proceedings before the High Court will commence in the coming weeks.”