Emergency motion at Newry Council over Daisy Hill Hospital A&E

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Friday, March 31st, 2017
Community, Politics
Daisy Hill Newry, Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Micky Ruane has said that he and his colleagues intend to bring an emergency motion before Council this Monday night (3rd April). He said this is confirming opposition to the proposals from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust to suspend services at Daisy Hill hospital.
  An urgent meeting with senior Trust officials has also been demanded.
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25th March 2017The Sinn Féin Council Group Leader also confirmed that in order to discuss the motion the Council would have to set aside standing orders.
  He explained, “The motion cannot be accepted as an extra item. In order to get the motion tabled the Council would need to suspend Standing Orders and for 80% of Councillors present to agree. I cannot foresee this being an issue.” He added, “This motion is a very public portrayal of what is needed at present, a united, cohesive and forceful campaign to protect and maintain this essential service at Daisy Hill.
  “I am appealing to all elected representatives to show leadership and join with us, the workforce and the community to stand up for Daisy Hill and clearly state to the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, ‘Enough is Enough’.” Motion to Council: “Newry, Mourne & Down Council expresses its opposition to the proposals from Southern Health & Social Care Trust to suspend services in the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.
  “The Council commends our hardworking NHS staff, particularly at a time when our health service is under pressure as a result of Tory cuts. Recognising the importance of a local ED, we demand that the SHSCT maintains 24/7 service by making every effort to support current staff and ensure the staff shortage is urgently addressed.
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25th March 2017 Box Advert“The Council should convene a meeting with the Southern Health & Social Care Trust as soon as possible.” More on this story: Warning over ‘temporary closure’ of Daisy Hill Hospital Emergency Department
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