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Sinn Féin challenge Health Minister over Omagh Hospital

11 October, 2005


Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has said that Sinn Fein will challenge the NIO Health Minster Shaun Woodward over any decision that undermines the future of Omagh Hospital.

Speaking ahead of the expected announcement on the future of Accident and Emergency and Emergency surgery at Omagh Hospital Mr Doherty said:

"It is essential that we look forward with a view to securing essential services.

"Collectively we need to challenge the Minister for Health, The Western Board and Sperrin Lakeland Trust, to develop without delay, a profile of services that meets the needs of the people of Omagh.

"Sinn Fein is also determined to see that the dedication and commitment of staff in Omagh Hospital is recognised and that the people of Tyrone know that they count.

"Shaun Woodward needs to make clear that today's measures are interim and short term.

"It is essential that the proposed new Omagh Hospital has Emergency Services. I believe that this can be delivered." ENDS

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