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Children battling illness deserve a revamped Royal

Published 16/02/2012

No one is more delighted than I am to learn of the much-needed investment in our hospital infrastructure outlined by Mr Wilson.

This, however is tinged with disappointment, as there is as yet no public commitment to the rebuilding of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

The sickest children in the province continue to be nursed in some of the oldest operational wards in Northern Ireland.

Although much has been done to facelift the ageing building, it is increasingly difficult to provide the facilities required to nurse our children in an appropriate environment. Many of the wards date from the 1920s. It is only through the dedication of highly trained staff and the patience of our children and their relatives that the service provided continues to be of a high standard.

Let us hope that ministers Wilson and Poots have not spent all their money. There could be no finer legacy for this administration than to leave the children of the province a hospital building fit for the future and not the past.

Dr Richard Wright

Associate Medical Director, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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