20th June 2012
New Antrim Emergency Department ‘Two Years Too Late’
SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has given
a cautious welcome to the unveiling of the proposed design of the new
Emergency Department at Antrim Area Hospital. The department is not due to
be open until Spring 2013.
Mr McGlone said, “The proposed new Emergency Department at Antrim Area
Hospital will certainly be a welcome improvement to the facilities currently
available. It ticks all the boxes required of a modern state-of-the-art
“But it is at least two years too late.
“This is the sort of investment at Antrim that the Trust and the Minister
assured everyone would be made before Accident and Emergency units at other
hospitals, like the Mid Ulster at Magherafelt, were closed.
“Instead it has taken a very public crisis to develop at Antrim before the
required investment is to be made.
“What this investment doesn’t do is address the current situation.
“The pressure on frontline staff at Antrim Area Hospital will not be
alleviated now by the proposed opening of a new Emergency Department a year
down the line.
“The failings of senior management revealed in the recent reports on the
problems at Antrim will not be resolved by this either.
“There remain very serious concerns about the situation that was allowed to
develop at Antrim. Those concerns have not been addressed by this PR
“I will continue to press the Minister to state clearly what action he is
taking to address the negative impact on public confidence in our health
service the situation at Antrim has had.”