Ulster Unionist delegation meets with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Councillor David Taylor has accompanied an Ulster Unionist Party delegation to meet with the Interim Chief Executive of the Southern Trust, Paula Clarke as well as her colleague Angela McVeigh to discuss the growing number of concerns in relation to the future of residential care, Daisy Hill Hospital and surgery waiting lists. Turst UUSpeaking to Newry Times after the meeting, Councillor Taylor said, “We had a very positive and constructive meeting with the Interim Chief Executive and her colleague Angela McVeigh and I thank them for agreeing to meet with myself and other Ulster Unionist colleagues. “The meeting opened with the very important issue of dementia care. We wished to establish a clear answer in relation to what is being done about the growing number of dementia cases within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. “My colleagues and I were firmly assured that there are good dementia services currently in place, with a new scheme involving ‘memory teams’ which is currently being rolled out throughout the Trust,” he revealed. “This scheme aims to provide a top level of care to residents, and a top level of support to care home staff and I look forward to seeing this scheme becoming fully implemented throughout Northern Ireland. “I personally took the opportunity to raise the matter of the future status of Daisy Hill Hospital and to outline the strong disappointment of the local community in respect of the decision to remove the stroke unit,” Councillor Taylor continued. “I also sought assurances with regard to the retention of other services at the Hospital and in relation to Daisy Hill remaining within the Acute Hospital network. “A final major issue raised was growing orthopaedic waiting lists. The Interim Chief Executive explained that the process in past has been that the Trust is allocated funding for eg 100 operations, and demand is for 200 operations, the waiting list would then be decreased by receipt of the additional funding from monitoring rounds to fund weekend operations and private treatment therefore keeping waiting lists at more manageable levels. Taylor added, “Given the continuing failure of the DUP and Sinn Fein to resolve the current funding crisis at Stormont, the additional resources from the June monitoring round has not been made available resulting in the current difficulties.”

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