Newry MLA meets health chiefs on local services

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Thursday, September 7th, 2017
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SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with the Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and has raised a number of issues with him.

McNulty was joined in the meeting with Francis Rice by South Down MLA Sinead Bradley.



Speaking after the meeting Mr McNulty explained, “This is our second meeting today with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. This morning Sinead and I attended the monthly board meeting of the Trust and received a progress report from Dr Telflord on the Daisy Hill’s Emergency Department Pathfinder Group’s work.

“I welcome the engagement with the community to date and want to see this continue. We must ensure that our Emergency Department is retained on a 24/7 basis.



He continued, “We also had a further discussion on the Trust’s Savings Plans announced last week. We reiterated our opposition to these cuts. The targeting of the vulnerable is completely unacceptable, be they the elderly or the disabled.

“We should be seeing additional investment in health and social care, not funding for services being slashed.



“In addition to these issues we discussed the proposed need for an urgent start to the Health Village for Newry, constant pressures on the GP Out of Hours Service, respite care for the disabled and Home Help Packages for the elderly.

“We all recognize and appreciate the work that everyone in the health and social care system do, be that in hospitals, GP Surgeries or in the community.



“We are doing these people and the people they care for a disservice by having no Minister and no Executive at Stormont. I fear for our health service if our political intuitions are put into cold-storage and local ministers are replaced by Direct Rule Tory Ministers. This is not what our people want or need,” McNulty added.

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