Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Public meeting on A&E closure

Local campaigners have announced a public meeting in Taughmonagh to continue their fight to retain Accident and Emergency services at Belfast City Hospital.

The A & E department will close on November 1, after the hospital drafted in two consultants to help keep it open an extra month.

The public meeting has been organised for this evening (Thursday, September 22) at Taughmonagh Social Club between 7.30pm and 9.30 pm.

A spokesperson for the Save Belfast City Hospital A&E campaign said: “In just over one month from now and with winter fast approaching, 42,000 patients per annum, will be displaced from purpose built A&E facilities at Belfast City Hospital, to a temporary hut at the Royal Victoria.”

The campaigners say the RVH’s A & E unit will increase its patient intake by almost 60% overnight.

“Not surprisingly, the decision to shut BCH’s A&E facilities has caused alarm across Belfast and beyond,” said the spokesperson for the group which is independent, cross community and non-political.

“The meeting will allow the public an opportunity to have their say on the matter and to find out more about what is being done to prevent the withdrawal of facilities upon which so many people across our community depend. Everyone will be made most welcome and we plan further public meetings throughout south Belfast over the coming weeks.”

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