Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh, Liz Kimmins has stated that following plans announced by the Trust for the relocation of emergency surgery to Craigavon, it is imperative that services are reinstated at Daisy Hill as soon as possible.
“I and my Sinn Féin colleagues have met with the Trust Chief Executive and his Senior Management team on a number of occasions where they have outlined the issues they are having with staffing levels, and particularly with the recruitment of surgical staff.
“This has consequently impacted on the ability to provide emergency surgery safely at Daisy Hill as they are currently operating with one consultant out of the required six. This is clearly untenable and we will continue to engage with the Trust and the Health Minister to ensure all possibilities are being explored so that this is a strictly temporary measure in the interests of the health and safety of all patients and staff.
“Daisy Hill is a first class hospital and Sinn Féin has fought hard over the years to retain its services for the community of Newry and South Armagh. It is currently the only hospital between Drogheda and Portadown, and therefore it is absolutely essential that it is in a position to serve this wide geographical area.
“Sinn Féin will continue to ensure there are no attempts to dilute services in Daisy Hill and have a key focus on its upgrade and expansion to fulfil its true potential in the time ahead.
“The pandemic has served to put further pressure on a health service that was already struggling after a decade of Tory Austerity cuts
“My colleague, Conor Murphy MLA, the Finance Minister has given significant funding to the Health service and has proposed significant funding for health as part of the proposed budget to try and mitigate against the damage caused by these cruel Tory cuts.
“It is crucial that these services are returned to Daisy Hill as soon as possible.”