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Molloy Challenges Trust over future of Mid Ulster Hospital

22 January, 2009 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has challenged the Northern Health Trust to outline what changes have been made to the consultation document with regard to the proposed rundown of the Mid Ulster Hospital, following the completion of the first phase of the Strategic Spending Review.

Mr Molloy said:

"These proposals have been rejected political representatives and members of the public so I would ask the Trust to explain how the comments and submissions made in this phase of the consultation have impacted on their proposals.

"The trust has an obligation to provide proper health care for the people of Mid Ulster, but they have failed to do so, instead we have seen the closure of the Maternity Unit, the downgrading of A&E and medical facilities and even cuts to the dalriada on-call doctor service, now we have the latest proposals which will see the complete closure of A&E, leaving the entire centre of the North without any Accident and Emergency provision.

"I would have serious concerns as to how Antrim Area Hospital will cope with the influx of new patients, which is particularly worrying after they had to close their doors over the Christmas period due to the number of admissions.

"I would also be extremely concerned about the ability of an ambulance to reach and return a patient living in the most rural parts of Mid Ulster to Antrim Area hospital within the hour and I would ask the Trust along with the Minster for Health and Social Services, Michael McGimpsey, guarantee that this will be a "safe" service? And could I remind Mr McGimpsey of the promise made by his party to restore hospital services.

"If no change is made by the end of the consultation process then questions will need to be asked as to the purpose of this exercise.

"I would appeal to the public to make their voices heard, don't let the Mid Ulster hospital close, make the trust respond to the needs of community." ENDS

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