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Sinn Féin Meet Health Chiefs

Published: 3 August, 2017

Sinn Fein MLA John O' Dowd MLA and Cllr Kevin Savage have met with Dr Anne Marie Telford - Director of the Daisy Hill Hospital Pathfinder Project.

The Pathfinder project is designed to secure community involvement in and support for the long term future of Emergency Services at Daisy Hill Hospital.

Speaking after the meeting Mr O' Dowd said;

"I welcome the opportunity to engage with Dr Telford and representatives of the Southern Trust. I used the meeting to voice my support for the long term sustainability of Daisy hill Emergency department as important resources for the southern end of the Upper Bann Constituency.

" I also emphasised the importance of not placing any further pressure on services and staff at Craigavon Hospital by changes to Daisy Hill. The Trust reassured me that they were looking ay how they keep services at Daisy hill not remove them.

Councillor Kevin savage said;

"I told the Trust that is was important to remember that Daisy hill served a considerable number of constituents in the Banbridge area especially rural communities along the AI dual carriage way. Their voices needed to be heard and I proposed that the Trust engaged directly with Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council to ensure that a mechanism was put in place for their voices to be heard.

"The fact is many people from Banbridge both urban and rural use Daisy Hill and want to see it remain as an Emergency Hospital and while I welcome the news that the Trust are to maintain the status of the hospital it is vitally important people form this area have an input into its future