Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

What next will be cut by the health services?

What we are witnessing is a slow erosion of health services not just in regards to acute services such as children's cardiac but across all areas of care in health in Northern Ireland.

Since the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2008 services have been eroded. We are now seeing the removal of children's cardiac. How much longer will it be until other cardiac services are removed?

At the moment the Northern Health & Social Care Trust is to pay the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust to provide cardiac beds for NHSCT patients in BHSCT hospitals.

When we take a closer look at this the NHSCT was reconfigured with the removal of services from mainly the Mid-Ulster and Whiteabbey hospitals. At that time this removal was only allowed as services would be available at the Antrim Area and Causeway hospitals. Now with this move the past assurances have been done away with and those residents who live in central rural Northern Ireland will face longer travelling times for cardiac services.

HUGH McCLOY

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