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Murphy: Trust Assurances on Daisy Hill ED a Positive Step

Murphy: Trust Assurances on Daisy Hill ED a Positive Step

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed recent Southern Health & Social Care Trust assurances and further consultation plans regarding any decisions taken on the future of Daisy Hill Hospital Emergency Department.

The Trust has this week confirmed that any plans to implement a temporary or permanent closure of Daisy Hill ED would be subject to a full public consultation. Additionally, decisions taken by the Trust would also be taken in light of a full Equality Impact Assessment.

Following the Trust’s approval of a 20-week Pathfinder Project to develop a sustainable plan for the future of services at Daisy Hill Hospital, Murphy has welcomed this decision as another opportunity for the local community to have their say:

“These consultation plans mean that the community in the Newry & Mourne area will be given a decisive say in the future of their local health services.

“Sinn Féin has been proactive and consistent in our calls to bring the local community into the decision-making processes on the future of their hospital and emergency services.

“In our meetings with the Civil Service, Department of Health, and the Southern Trust, we have made the concerns of constituents our top priority and the Trust have now acted to ensure they are heard on a formal basis.”

With the Pathfinder Project formally approved to take place over the coming months, Murphy concluded:

“We welcome the Pathfinder Project, and Sinn Féin has already made contact with the Trust to formally meet the Project leaders in order to make clear our views on the path ahead for Daisy Hill Hospital.