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Tyrone County staff have held services together in face of adversity - Doherty

6 June, 2005


West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that in all the fall out from the Risk and Governance Review Report into the Sperrin Lakeland Trust, little attention has been paid to the section which acknowledges of the tremendous commitment of staff at the Tyrone County to maintain services despite the most adverse of circumstances.

Mr Doherty and Mickey Mc Anespie, the Sinn Féin Chair of Omagh District Council, were part of a Hospital Campaign Steering Group delegation that went to Castle Buildings, Stormont today (Monday), to hand in a letter of protest calling for the immediate re-instatement of the Intensive care unit (ICU) at Tyrone County, the local MP said,

"It is astonishing that staff at the Tyrone County have been able to hold things together at the hospital given the findings of this report.

"The Report is scathing of the mismanagement by Sperrin Lakeland Trust, and rightly so, but in all the fall out from the Report little attention has been paid to the section which acknowledges the tremendous commitment of staff at the Tyrone County to maintain services in the most adverse of circumstances.

"Given that staff at the Tyrone County have been working well beyond the call of duty for some considerable time it is no exaggeration to say that without this goodwill the situation would have been untenable.

"Therefore, given this official acknowledgement about the commitment level of staff at the County, the onus is now on Health Minister Sean Woodward and the Department of Health to ensure that the necessary finances and resources are released to allow for the reinstatement of the ICU unit and to help alleviate the massive pressure on staff at the hospital.

"The ICU is crucial to protect other services at the hospital and its recommended permanent closure flies in the face of the stated priority of Sean Woodward to ensure that patients are now put first." ENDS

P.S. Between 30-40 members of the Hospital Campaign Steering group travelled to castle buildings, Stormont this morning to hand in a letter of protest to Minister Sean Woodward saying that as minister he had a duty to restore ICU services and re-stating the demands of the Hospital Campaign Steering Group in relation to all acute services.

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