Kennedy meets Health Trust to discuss future of stroke services at Daisy Hill Hospital

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Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy has met with the Chief Executive of the Southern Health Trust to discuss the future of stroke services at Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital.

Speaking to Newry Times, Kennedy said he met with the Chief Executive of the Southern Health Trust, Mairead McAlinden after constituents raised concerns regarding rumours of the permanent withdrawal of stroke services at Daisy Hill Hospital and the need for patients to be dealt with at the Craigavon Area Hospital.

“As part of the “Transforming Your Care” initiative from the Health Minister Edwin Poots, the Southern trust are reviewing how best to treat patients in the Trust area. This is obviously an ongoing issue in which staff, patients and public representatives will continue to be involved,” Kennedy stated.

“This involvement is something which I very much welcome and would encourage in order to arrive at the optimum solution for the benefit of the local community.

He added, “I would urge all public representatives to engage fully in the process and to refrain from making public statements which either undermine Daisy Hill or raise emotive issues for short-term Party political gain.

“The future of services and health provision at Daisy Hill is much too important for that.”

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