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Ritchie: Downe march demonstrates the will of the people

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has demanded the executive pay attention to the will of the people in respect to the future of the Downe Hospital. Speaking after a march in support of the resumption of key services at the Downe, Margaret Ritchie asserted that the march was a clear sign that the residents of South Downe would not accept any cuts to this essential service.

She said: “This march was extremely successful and sends a clear message to the Health Minister that he must restore, enhance and develop services at the Downe. The people who showed their support here today will not accept anything less.

“We make our call again for the Minister to re-examine the direction he intends to take healthcare provision across the North. We call for the resumption of coronary care in the Downe and an end to the oversaturation of essential services in urban areas.

“Today was a demonstration of solidarity across the area with people coming from far and wide to show their support. While we are realistic and know that cuts in public spending must affect us in some way, the Health minister has demonstrated a complete lack of awareness in relation to the needs of rural communities. The people of South Downe will stand together in the face of draconian cuts to vital services.

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