‘£45K needed to retain fracture clinic in Newry’ – Bradley:

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Friday, February 21st, 2014

Health officials are being urged to retain the fracture clinic at Daisy Hill Hospital after it was revealed the cost to do so is £45,000, according to SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley.

The Newry and Armagh assemblyman has called on the Southern Trust not to transfer the service to Craigavon Area Hospital.

Speaking to Newry Times, Bradley said, “This is an important service for South Armagh and South Down. People should not be required to travel, in some cases, 40 miles to attend a fracture clinic.

“Quite often, the patients involved are in the older age group and additional travel time would only add to the stress of their condition.

“I have asked the Southern Trust to tell me how much it would cost to retain the fracture clinic in Newry and I am told the cost of retention at Daisy Hill would be £45,000. While it is not about money, the amount in question is a paltry sum in the context of the overall health budget.

Bradley added, “I would appeal to the Health Minister and to the chief executive of the Health and Social Care Board, John Compton to think again about this decision and to make available the relatively small resource needed to retain the clinic at Daisy Hill Hospital.”

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