Kelly: Emergency Service Must Be Protected
"I am deeply concerned over the difficulties and delays patients are having in the accident and emergency department of Craigavon Area Hospital. Pressures had already seen patients have elective surgery cancelled and patients have complained of increased waiting times.
"While I understand that the staff are working tirelessly to deliver the highest standard of care, unions and workers have told me that they are struggling to met the demand. Furthermore, staff are over stretched and stressed as the pressures are firmed placed on their shoulders.
"I've contacted the trust directly seeking urgent answers and while I understand this issue is not unique to Craigavon, the Trust must take urgent action to ensure that the emergency service is protected and patients receive timely treatment. Any staff or patients in need of assistance can contact my office directly, I will do all that I can to support the Trust to meet patient care needs."