'Patients must be central to stroke services revamp' - Sheehan
Plans to reshape stroke services here must ensure that standards of treatment are improved across the North, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Pat Sheehan has said.
The West Belfast MLA was commenting after the Department of Health announced proposals to consolidate hospital stroke care into what have been described as regional centres of excellence.
Encouraging people to engage with the consultation he said:
“Whatever new configuration emerges from the consultation, the result has to be an improved service for all patients across all areas.
“Every year, almost 1,000 people here die from stroke and independent health reports have called for an improvement in the standards of care.
“Reconfiguring services is one way to do that but it must be carried out in a regionally balanced way, in partnership with those who use and deliver services, with the objective of improved health outcomes for patients at its heart.
“The Department of Health have now launched a consultation process on their proposals and I would encourage people to engage with that process to make their views known.”