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Audit report into Hospital A & E Services

23 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA and chair of the Public Accounts committee John O Dowd has welomed the findings of the latest Audit Office report into A&E services in hospitals.

Mr O Dowd said

"The report shows a marked improvement in the reduction in waiting times in A&E for both treatment and admission if necessary.

"This follows the announcement on the reduced waiting time for surgery etc in hospitals, we must however not become fixated by simple targets and percentages but on the quality of care being offered in the entire health realm. All staff health involved in improving waiting times however deserves to be congratulated.

"The PAC has taken a number of reports on health care from which we hope to develop an over all picture of health care both primary and secondary and I look forward to publishing our own report on this important subject." ENDS

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