Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Stark choice for McGimpsey

Is Michael McGimpsey really aware of just how ridiculous a decision he has made to downgrade Whiteabbey and Mid-Ulster Hospitals?

From now on, every death that happens because a patient was unable to reach Antrim Hospital in time will be down to him.

As he represents South Belfast, I presume he lives in Belfast and so has half-a-dozen hospitals to choose from. People in East Antrim and Mid-Ulster do not.

Perhaps Mr McGimpsey could explain how patients are supposed to get to Antrim Hospital if, like my mother, they cannot drive.

While I don't know if there is a direct bus link between Magherafelt and Antrim, there certainly is not one from Carrickfergus. To get there by train means going to Belfast and then getting a train to Antrim. My mother can always send him the taxi bill, I suppose.

Mr McGimpsey now has a clear choice: either he reverses his decision or he should resign.

ANDREW McKEEVER

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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