Daisy Hill Hospital meeting ‘frank and open’ – Casey

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Friday, February 13th, 2015
Community, Politics
Newry & Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey has said that there was a ‘frank and open’ discussion held with Health Minister Jim Wells in the Council Chamber recently to discuss areas of concern relating to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry. “The Minister, whilst recognising the commitment and dedication of the hospital staff to the people of the region, acknowledges the deep concern that exists amongst many about what is seen as a dilution of the hospital’s status, particularly in the light of the recent closure of the Stroke Unit and the fall out from the Donaldson Review,” Casey told Newry Times. “Data was produced to us which suggests that Daisy Hill fall shorts in the number if people it serves. This ties in with the Donaldson Review which draws its conclusions for example by working out that we have too many hospitals after a per head of population count compared to England.” The Newry City Councillor said that there was room to challenge this rationale and even to alleviate concerns about the issue of population count. “Daisy Hill is an essential hospital service to this region including inpatient, outpatient, day care, Maternity and Accident & Emergency Services, as well as specific specialist Services. “This region straddles the border area and there is huge potential for developing and opening up these services on offer at Daisy Hill to those living on both sides of it. He added, “Significant monies have been invested in the likes of specialist paediatric surgery facilities and investment like this will send out a more positive perception on the sustainability of the Hospital services and hopefully encourage consultants and other key professional staff to apply for posts.”
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