‘Large crowd at Daisy Hill Hospital rally reflects community anger’ – Hazzard

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Monday, March 30th, 2015
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Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that the size of the protest in Newry on Saturday was testament to the anger in the community to any proposed cuts to services at Daisy Hill Hospital. DHH rallySpeaking after attending the event Hazzard said, “The size of the protest on Saturday reflects the anger in the community to moving services out of Daisy Hill to Belfast and Craigavon. “The entire South Down and Armagh community have united against the overarching policy of centralisation that looks set to cripple our two local hospitals, one of which was constructed within the past ten years. “The Department of Health needs to engage with the community in South Down to develop a plan for future generations. Centralising services to Belfast and Craigavon is not in best interests of local people. “We have seen how In the North West excellent cross border cooperation in Health between Donegal, Sligo and Derry in enhancing Altnagelvin Hospital to meet the needs of all. He added, “We need to see similar approach in this part of Ireland to ensure that services are maintained in local hospitals for local communities.”

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