‘Public should be made aware of health plans for Newry’ – Bradley
SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley has said that details of the proposal being advanced by the Department of Health for a new a GP led Community Treatment and Care Centre (CTCC), to be built from scratch in Newry should be made public. Bradley expressed concern that plans to move services from Daisy Hill Hospital out to the community could put the hospital’s future at risk.
Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Bradley said: “I have become aware that Council officials have been working with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to identify a site in Newry City to build a new Community Treatment and Care Centre (CTCC) which would replace the Newry Health Village and the social care and facilities at Dromalane and John Mitchel Place. I am lead to believe that the site has been identified and is in the process of being purchased by a private company which will develop the project on behalf of the Department.”
“Apparently the provision of the CTCC is in response to the requirements of the Compton Report, “Transforming Your Care” which was published only last December. What surprises me about this project is the fact that the public and their representatives have been kept in the dark about it and that of course leads one to wonder if there is an attempt to advance it under the radar – for whatever reason. My fear is that services will be moved from Daisy Hill and that the new centre may impact upon the hospital.”
Bradley continued, “It seems that the Trust is not the lead agency in this initiative and that it is being advanced by the Department of Health’s Strategic Group established to look at the development of Community Treatment and Care Centres in NI. The Department of Health is describing this project as “a flagship project” which will be fast tracked through to completion in 2014. Before welcoming the project I would want to see much more of the detail and be completely certain that it in no way puts the future of our hospital at risk.”
“I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Department of Health to discuss the detail of this project,” he added.
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