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‘Transparency needed over Critical Care Building delays’ - Sheehan

13 June, 2019 - by Pat Sheehan

The Belfast Health Trust must be more transparent over the continuing delays to the new Critical Care building at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has said.

The party’s Health spokesperson was speaking following confirmation that the facility will not be fully operational until Autumn 2020 – eight years behind schedule.

He commented: “The continued frustration and delays are felt by staff and patients alike. It is demoralising to many of the hard working staff to hear that the completion date slips again and again.

“There are serious questions that need to be answered by the Belfast Trust, as to how so much public money has been wasted, sometimes on equipment which has never been used but has gone out-of-date.

“This at a time when we constantly hear that health budgets are stretched and facing pressures. The considerable amount of money wasted could be could be spent in other areas of the health service.

“In December 2018, at the Belfast Trust’s board meeting, it was stated that the facility would be transferred in Jan 2019. This clearly is not the case and the questions have to be asked as to how the transparent the Trust is being and how under control this project actually is.” 

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