Transforming Your Care- Your views sought

16 12 2012


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called upon local people to let their local elected representatives know their views on the ‘Transforming Your Care’ proposals which were put forward under the Compton review into Health and Social Care.

The proposed changes will potentially have major implications for health and social care of all of the residents of Moyle.

Moyle Council are preparing a corporate response and are seeking views and comments from as wide a range as possible, including community groups, medical practitioners and members of the public. Not only would the council like to hear views on any of the specific questions, it also wants to hear about any other problems experienced by the local community which will help illustrate  current shortcomings in levels of provision and access to health and social care services:

Because of the timescale set by the Minister, any comments should be sent by email to or by writing to Moyle District Council at Sheskburn House, 7 Mary Street, Ballycastle BT54 6QH, to be received by 20th December 2012.

“The closing date for submission to the Departments public consultations is Tuesday 15th January; these can be made by email to

Health Service must meet the needs of the Community

14 05 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has stressed the need for those involved in the implementation of the recently published Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (Transforming Your Care, December 2011) to shape a health service that meets the needs of the community.
Representatives form the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Local Commissioning Group are due to meet with Moyle District Council on Monday 21st May.
The Compton Report(Transforming Your Care, December 2011) sets out the future for health and social care services as it faces a number of significant challenges over the next four years and beyond. It examines the quality and accessibility of health services, how needs are currently being met, and brings forward recommendations for the future shape of services along with a supporting implementation plan. Moyle Council will fight hard to protect and improve all of our services, in particular the Causeway Hospital A&E.
Councillor Cunningham is anxious to hear the views and concerns of the community, so that all parts of the health and social care system meet the needs of the community and respond to the considerable challenges ahead.

Ballycastle needs the Causeway Hospital

22 01 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has expressed his concern that the imminent Health Review to be conducted by a Local Commissioning Group may consider the downgrading of Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.
“I am totally opposed to such a measure as this will have a hugely detrimental impact on healthcare provision for people in Ballycastle and the surrounding rural areas.
“It is vital that these A&E services are maintained due to the large geographical spread of people in the Trust area”
“The Causeway in my view meets the three Compton Report criteria of sustainability, resilience in clinical terms and accessibility to the population.”
“Stripping healthcare services at Causeway will diminish the level of care provided to people in the Ballycastle area and the local communities must fight tooth and nail to ensure that this doesn’t become a reality. The SDLP will be supporting the motion before the Council and seeking early engagement with the Local Commissioning Group.”