Plans to close Loane House should be abandoned – McGahan
Sinn Féin MLA Bronywn McGahan has said the proposal to close Loane House should be abandoned.
Speaking after an adjournment debate in the Assembly on the proposed closure of Loane House in Dungannon, the Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said;
"The proposed closure of Loane House in Dungannon has caused significant concern and anger in the local community.
"Loane House contains 45 non-acute hospital beds, eight of which are used for stroke patients.
"It provides a vital service in the Dungannon area.
“More than 8,000 people signed a petition opposing its closure, which I presented to the Assembly earlier this year.
"This adjournment debate provided an opportunity to raise those concerns directly with the health minister and other MLAs in the Assembly.
"I am pleased that health minister Jim Wells has now committed to visiting Loane House for the first time to meet patients.
"It should also be remembered that Loane House is in a rural location and its closure would add to rural isolation.
"Health chiefs have made it clear that they want to see community hospitals playing a greater role in caring for older people.
“However, this proposed closure flies in the face of that and this proposal must be abandoned.”