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Gildernew welcomes commitment to new Enniskillen Hospital

4 August, 2005

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the
progress on the hospital for Enniskillen and called for the maximum
development of services across the West of the Bann area to ensure equal
access to services.

Ms Gildernew said:

"I welcome news that the purchase of the site for the new £175 million
hospital to the north of Enniskillen has now been agreed and that a
planning application will be submitted tomorrow (Friday 5th August).

"It is particularly important that there are now firm commitments for wide
range of acute services at the new Enniskillen Hospital including 24/7
Accident and Emergency (A&E), inpatient medicine, inpatient surgery,
critical care and inpatient maternity services.

"However, it is vital that we get the maximum development of services not
just in Enniskillen but also in the Tyrone County in Omagh as well as
development of services at the South Tyrone in Dungannon. We also need to
see further development of ambulance services, primary care services and
out-of-hours GP services as well.

"Sinn Féin are committed to ensuring that the imbalance in services
between the East and West of the Bann is finally addressed.

"I will also press direct rule Ministers to ensure that the timetable is
adhered to, if not expedited and that there are no delays." ENDS

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