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Feasibility of an All-Ireland paediatric pathology service being explored

22 November, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has welcomed confirmation that Health officials north and south have met to explore the possibility of an All-Ireland paediatric pathology services.

The party’s Health spokesperson said: 

"The recent announcements by the Belfast Trust and the Health Board that the current perinatal and paediatric pathology service in the north will cease is deeply concerning.

"It means that in the future grieving parents will face having to travel to Liverpool to access this sensitive but important service.

"This is unsustainable and unacceptable.

"My colleague and Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson in the south, Louise O’Reilly TD, has raised our concerns with the Department of Health in Dublin.

“Responding to a written question, the Department confirmed that senior health officials’ from the north and south have met and agreed to examine the feasibility of cross-border provision of perinatal and paediatric pathology services.

“All-Ireland cross-border paediatric pathology services are a more acceptable alternative for people affected in the north rather than having to travel to England in very difficult circumstances.

“I have written to the Health and Social Care Board seeking clarification as to whether cross-border paediatric pathology services were meaningfully explored from the outset in advance of its decision to outsource the service to Liverpool.”

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