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Durkan: Emergency healthcare must be prioritised

SDLP Health and Mental Well-being Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA speaking after Altnagelvin Hospital had to implement a plan to cope with a rise in the number of patients attending its Emergency Department said health transformation is “no longer a goal, it is a necessity."

The Foyle MLA said: 

“Now that the Western Health Trust has introduced its "Full Capacity Protocol" people should only attend the emergency department if it is absolutely necessary.

"Clearly the Trust has found itself in the situation where they are filled to capacity and where they have had to take extraordinary measures.

"I am assured they are doing all they can to ensure patients are seen as quickly as possible and emergency care must remain a priority.

“For some time the SDLP has warned of the deepening of our health crisis and the pressures staff are facing to deliver safe effect care. With growing waiting lists and fewer nurses, we cannot wait for action. Health must be prioritised and political leadership must step in. Transformation is no longer a goal, it is a necessity. 

“There is nothing more precious that our health, we must act now before the crisis deepens and we run out of road.” 

Mark H Durkan MLA

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