Concern over loss of consultant at Daisy Hill’s Emergency Department

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Thursday, November 12th, 2015
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SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley and local representative Justin McNulty have met with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive, Paula Clarke, to express their ‘deep concerns’ over the future of 24/7 Consultant cover at the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill in Newry. Daisy Hill Speaking to Newry Times, Bradley explained, “Over recent months we have become aware of the shortage in Consultants in the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital and the need to recruit the appropriately trained staff. “The SDLP have raised concerns about the potential impact of the shortage of Consultants in the Emergency Department before and warned that it could see the operation hours reduced, potentially closing at night. “As if this wasn’t concerning enough, this week I learned that a Consultant in the Emergency Department has advised the Southern Trust that he is to leave his post in February. This news is deeply concerning and will place even more pressure on an already fragile service,” the local MLA insists. “We sought an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive of the Southern Trust to put our concerns directly to her. We pressed the Chief Executive on recruitment plans and have sought assurances that plans will be in place to ensure that a twenty-four-seven service is retained at Daisy Hill Emergency Department.”

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