Eight week reprieve for Dalriada not good enough

25 11 2014

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SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney MLA has said that the Health Minister’s announcement of a delay to the closure of Dalriada hospital while a consultation is carried out is not good enough.

 Chairman of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham added that the decision has angered the local community and represents a total fudge.

 He said:

 “It will be clear for everyone to see that the Health Minister’s announcement of an eight week delay to the closure of Dalriada hospital while a consultation takes place is nothing more than a tokenistic attempt to manage the huge public backlash.

 “The Minister has made it clear that there will be no new admissions during this period. That means that Dalriada is still on the wind down. The campaigners- doctors, nurses, patients and carers will see this for exactly what it is. It is a stay of execution rather than any sincere attempt to reverse the decision.

 SDLP Chairman of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham said:

 “I am furious at this decision. It is absolutely ludicrous that a consultation is to be carried out during a period of closure. Health Minister Jim Wells needed to use today’s Assembly debate as his opportunity to reverse the illogical Trust proposal and to maintain current services at Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle.

 “We have presented ample evidence of how Dalriada Hospital contributes to the efficiency of the Acute Hospital sector and how it provides a major service to MS patients.

“I am very disappointed by this decision at a time when the Minister needed to be standing up to the management of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.”

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