There has been a call for an urgent public meeting at which the Board of the Southern Trust would spell out not just the issues behind the current crisis at Daisy Hill but on the very future of the hospital itself.
Speaking after this morning’s announcment that stroke services are once again being moved to Craigavon, Workers Party representative and member of the ‘Save Daisy Hill Emergency Services Action Group‘, Nicola Grant said,
“This is shocking and deeply disturbing news and comes for the second time in a matter of months”.
” I have said before and I take no pleasure in having to say it again to day, but the people of Newry and surrounding areas are being treated with contempt by the Southern Trust”, she said.
“We are being drip fed one crisis after another. Some people might argue that the strategy is to wear down any opposition so that people eventually give in and give up”, Nicola said.
“The South Trust and the Chief and the Medical Officer from the Department of Health can dispell those concerns in one evening if they argree to hold an open public meeting at which they set out the future of services and the future of Daisy Hill hospital, clearly and unambiguosly. That is the least that people deserve”, Nicola added.
” I have written to Southern Trust and to the Chief Medical officer demanding that they face the local people, explain their drip feed strategy and spell out the plans for local hospital services in the short and longer term.”