Fearon seeks urgent update on Daisy Hill Fracture Unit

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Friday, February 21st, 2014
Community, Politics

Local Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has expressed concern that Fracture services at Daisy Hill Hospital may be under threat following reports that all fracture related treatment will be relocated to the Craigavon Area Hospital in the months ahead.

Speaking to Newry Times, Fearon said, “I have been contacted by a local sports club who are seriously concerned that this cut to vital health services at the Daisy Hill represents a dangerous development for local people.

“I have contacted the Southern Trust and been informed that the current arrangement, in which emergency fractures are treated in Daisy Hill Hospital with follow up treatment in Craigavon, is to cease over the coming months, with all services delivered in Craigavon Area Hospital.

“I have received assurances from the Trust that jobs will not be lost in Daisy Hill however I have written to the Health Minister, Edwin Poots, seeking an urgent update on the future arrangements for fracture treatment,” she continued.

“I have also queried whether or not the Minister plans any further reduction vital services in our local hospital.

Fearon added, “The fact that such a move may have been taken without adequate public consultation and engagement with local representatives in the area is deeply concerning. With this in mind I will also be raising this issue with the Patient and Client Council.”

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