Bradley meets Health Trust chief

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
SDLP Assembly Member Dominic Bradley MLA has led a delegation of SDLP representatives to meet the Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Mairead McAlinden and Angela McVeigh, Director of Older People and Primary Care Services to discuss a number of issues across the trust area. Bradley was joined at the meeting by Councillor John McArdle and Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon. Commenting after the Meeting Bradley explained, “I and my colleagues met with the Chief Executive of the Southern Trust to raise our concerns about a number of issues that local communities and health care workers have about changes in Daisy Hill and community based services locally. “We pressed the Chief Executive and the Director of Older Peoples Services on the retention of Stroke Services at Daisy Hill. We fundamentally believe it is important that someone who has suffered a stroke gets the most urgent attention required as soon as possible and that rehabilitation services are retained locally. “We raised the concerns of staff about the fear that services were being withdrawn from Daisy Hill and Mrs McAlinden has sought to reassure us that this is not the case, she has also undertaken to have senior management meet with the Staff of the Stroke Unit in Daisy Hill as a matter of urgency to discuss the issue,” Bradley explained. “Following representations from local communities in the Bessbrook area, we raised concerns about a vacant post within the MacMillan Cancer Care services in that locality. This is a much needed service locally and following retirements within the service a post has remained vacant. “I am pleased the Chief Executive could confirm a recruitment process will begin within days. In addition to this we pressed the need for an MRI scanning facility in Daisy Hill as we believe it would be a key component to securing the future of Daisy Hill as an Acute Hospital. “Mrs McAlinden gave an undertaking to push to have one at Daisy Hill and that a business case was being actively pursued to ensure this is delivered. Bradley added, “The Health Service has undergone major transformation in recent years and we are keen to work with the Southern Trust to ensure real and meaningful investment in the Health infrastructure locally and want to see Daisy Hill retain its rightful place as an acute hospital offering new and innovative services.”
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