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Sheehan welcomes additional £3m for health for winter pressures

18 January, 2019 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan MLA has welcomed the allocation of an additional £3m to Health and Social Care services to deal with winter pressures.

Pat Sheehan said: 

"I, along with Sinn Féin colleagues, have been visiting Health Trusts across the north over the winter to discuss the challenges facing services.

"Health and social care staff have been working extremely hard over the winter to implement plans to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the community over the winter period.

"The announcement of an additional £3m to address winter pressures will no doubt be welcome particularly in boosting recruitment in the domiciliary care sector.

"It is clear in my meetings with Trust staff, particularly those in A&E departments, that the serious pressures facing services are now year-round rather than just winter pressures.

"Challenges such as delayed discharges are often a result of a lack of capacity in the domiciliary care sector.

"Capacity in domiciliary care sector is a serious and ongoing problem felt across the north and initiatives to address it need to be pursued throughout the year.”

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