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Daisy Hill Hospital: Sinn Fein delegation to meet with trust to discuss future

Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady is to lead a party delegation to meet with representatives of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to discuss the future of Daisy Hill Hospital.

It comes after the hospital warned that it could be forced to temporarily shut its emergency department because of staff shortages.

The centre is eight staff down and using locum doctors as cover, NIPSA representative Brian Smyth said last month.

Around 52,000 patients attended in the past year.

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Daisy Hill Hospital staff shortages making emergency department 'untenable' 

Mr Brady said: "The proposals by the Southern Trust on the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill fly in the face of the commitment by my party colleague and former health minister that Daisy Hill would remain part of the acute hospital infrastructure.

"The Trust have questions to answer about why they take such a different view from the former minister and I and my party colleagues will be raising those questions at today's meeting.

"There is widespread support locally across all political parties, community groups and others for Daisy Hill hospital and we will continue to campaign collectively for it to remain as an acute hospital."

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