8th September 2010
McGlone Welcomes Legal Challenge
to Hospital Downgrade
SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has
welcomed the launch of a legal challenge to the decision by the Northern
Health Trust to remove Accident & Emergency services from the Mid Ulster
Hospital. The application for leave to bring Judicial Review Proceedings is
being taken by Magherafelt man John Quinn.
Mr McGlone said, “The SDLP has consistently opposed the removal of Accident
& Emergency services from the Mid Ulster Hospital ever since they were
proposed in 2002 by then-Health Minister, Bairbre De Brun.
“We were repeatedly told that no action would be taken until proper
arrangements were in place elsewhere to cope with the impact of downgrading
the hospital here.
“Like a great many people in the area, John was shocked at the sudden nature
of that decision and how it was made and it left him deeply concerned and
worried as to how his health requirements would be met should accident or
emergency befall him.
“I have encouraged and supported John in taking this action. He is
undoubtedly doing the community a great service and we fully expect the
application to be successful.”