Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed confirmation from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust that there will be no reduction in Emergency Department provision at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.
An Teachta Adams said;
“I received written confirmation today (attached) from Francis Rice, the interim Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, which stated that ‘sufficient support has been secured from sister Trusts to stabilise Daisy Hill for the foreseeable future’.
“While I welcome this news I will be monitoring developments to ensure the permanent retention of all services, including 24 hour emergency department cover.
“I applaud those members of the community who successfully challenged the Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s plans for temporary overnight closures. I have no doubt that in the absence of such community resistance overnight closures would have been an inevitability and would have led to other services being lost at the hospital.
“Full retention of all healthcare services at Daisy Hill is vital, primarily for citizens living in the Armagh, Newry and South Down areas, but also for people from North Louth and parts of County Monaghan who access treatment at the hospital.
The Sinn Féin president continued;
“I am also heartened that the Southern Health and Social Care Trust has restated its commitment to the cross border Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) project which benefits a significant number of people from Louth to access services such as ENT, Urology and Vascular treatments as well as Kidney Dialysis.
“I will be working with my Sinn Féin colleagues in Newry Armagh and South Down towards the enhancement of cross border cooperation in healthcare which makes sense for border residents.”
Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has said that any reduction in services at Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital will have a detrimental impact on his constituents and on healthcare provision in Louth.
Gerry Adams said;
“The Southern Health and Social Care Trust have stated that the temporary overnight closure of the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital is being considered due to staffing issues.
“People living in the Newry, South Armagh and Down areas are naturally concerned that if this happens it will be the thin end of the wedge for further closures and diminishment of services at Daisy Hill, which may result in the eventual closure of the hospital.
“In Louth we have witnessed a similar chain of events which has resulted in the closure of the Emergency Department and a host of other services at the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk.
“The corollary of this is a massive increase in demand placed on Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where sufficient extra capacity was not introduced. This is now manifest in increased waiting times for in patient and outpatient treatment, huge numbers of people on trollies, long waits for emergency treatment, stress for patients and staff and staff shortages.
“There are a significant number of people from Louth and across all of the border counties who, through the EU funded Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) project, access treatment at Daisy Hill Hospital.
“Arrangements are in place for cross border ENT, Urology and Vascular treatment as well as Kidney Dialysis and of course the Emergency Department. This is all in jeopardy in the event of service reduction in Daisy Hill and this will place even more of a strain on Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
“I have written to the Health Minister Simon Harris to alert him to this situation and I have also written to the Chairperson of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Roberta Brownlee, to urge a swift resolution to this matter and the full retention of services at Daisy Hill Hospital.”