Trusts must address over reliance on locums - Murphy
Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said addressing over-reliance on locum doctors is key to solving the current problems at Daisy Hill and other hospitals.
Speaking ahead of a meeting of all health trusts to discuss the use of consultants, Conor Murphy said:
"When the latest problems with the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill hospital came to light Megan Fearon and I met with the head of the civil service Malcolm McKibbin to raise our concerns about the proposal to close the department at night.
"We urged him to get the permanent secretary of the health department to intervene to ensure senior staff were distributed equitably between Daisy Hill and Craigavon hospital to ensure the 24-hour emergency service was maintained in both.
"I have remained in contact with the permanent secretary on this in recent days.
"I welcome the fact the Department of Health has now taken our concerns about the use of locums and consultants on board and has now called a summit of all Trusts to discuss the matter.
"It is clear the over reliance on the use of locums is causing a real problem, not just in Daisy Hill but elsewhere and needs to be addressed across all Trusts with better workforce planning."