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Daisy Hill: Thousands take to the streets to save services at Co Down hospital



Thousands have taken to the streets of Newry today in protest at plans to reduce services at Daisy Hill hospital.

Save Our Services Daisy Hill has called on the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to reverse decisions including moving stroke services to Craigavon Area Hospital and reducing inpatient bed numbers.


The march left from Market Square in Newry to Daisy Hill Hospital to show their opposition to the decisions.

It is understood that nine consultants have left Daisy Hill within the last year with six of those being within the last three to six months.

Speaking earlier this week Permanent Secretary in the Department of Health Peter May said: “The departure of consultants from Daisy Hill in recent weeks has caused deep concerns among staff and the local community.

“I assured both groups I met today that these concerns are shared by the Department and the Trust. We are working collectively and exhaustively to urgently stabilise services.

“The ongoing intensive discussions involve the wider Health and Social Care system, reflecting the fact that Daisy Hill is an important part of NI’s hospital network.

“The Department’s commitment to the hospital is evidenced in the announcement earlier this year of a £9.1m upgrade in its electrical infrastructure.

“I believe a way forward can be found to safeguard services and, crucially, to continue to protect and support the hospital’s Emergency Department.

“Alongside this stabilisation work, we also need to ensure a sustainable future for Daisy Hill and other hospitals of a similar size.”

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