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Local MP comments on Hospital announcement

23 February, 2006


Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness said that he was shocked at the announcement that plans were afoot to close the maternity unit and the 24 hour A&E Department at the Mid-Ulster hospital in Magherafelt.

Speaking from Magherafelt Mr McGuinness said:

"There has been speculation surrounding the future of the maternity services at the Mid-Ulster for sometime. However the announcement today and the speedy timeframe which the Trust appear to be trying to force through the closure has come as a shock to the local community. The proposed closure of the 24 hour A&E service is a double blow.

"We are now entering into a 12 week consultation period and it is vital that all of those interested in maintaining services at the Mid-Ulster galvanise their resources and make use of this time. As MP I will be meeting with a wide range of local people and healthcare professionals to ensure that the voice of the people is not ignored.

"There is a role for smaller hospitals like the Mid-Ulster. This hospital has provided a top quality level of service for the people of this area for many years and is still in my view the best option for the future delivery of top quality healthcare."ENDS

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