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Newry & Morne Council concerns over threat to Daisy Hill Pathology Services

7 February, 2007


Sinn Féin Newry and Mourne Councillor Turlough Murphy has raised the threat to Daisy Hill Pathology Services at the Monthly Council meeting on Monday night.

Cllr Murphy said:

"Sinn Féin have called for the Council's Health Service Working Group to be convened as a matter of urgency so that a submission is made on behalf of the Council and other stakeholders on the Group in relation to the Review of Pathology Services.

"The consultation document on the 'Future of Pathology Services' lists a set of 24 proposals including a recommendation that smaller acute hospitals have their service reduced to 12 hrs from 24hrs.

"Daisy Hill falls into this category, which in itself is an issue, but the reality is that if this recommendation was carried, upwards of fifty samples needed to be tested on a night time shift would all have to be sent to
Craigavon. It makes no sense, no matter how one tries to justify the logic.

"For example, Taxis would have to be hired to take the samples to Craigavon and that could mean possibly fifty taxis a night, where is the money saving measures there? More importantly the time involved in sending the samples to Craigavon, awaiting the results and getting them back to staff could be a matter of life and death.

"The fact is that the Pathology Laboratory serves all units in Daisy Hill and closing the laboratory would a have a further debilitating impact on the sustainability of acute services at Daisy Hill hospital. What is needed in Daisy Hill is investment to ensure that the Laboratory Service and personnel are maintained to the standards that the communities which the hospital serves expect, require and are entitled to."  ENDS

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