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Health Minister welcomes Surgeons’ Conference to Belfast

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots today welcomed health professionals from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland to the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) conference in Belfast.

Opening the conference in the city’s Europa Hotel, the Minister said: “Conferences such as this are an important platform for our health care specialists and practitioners to share their knowledge and experiences. The type of relationship forged between colleagues from different jurisdictions will ultimately benefit patients everywhere.

“Partnership working is particularly important not only for diseases like cancer but also in our efforts towards achieving a common goal, that is to provide the best possible care, in the right place and at the right time.”

Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride, speakers from Macmillan and specialists in upper gastrointestinal disease were also among the contributors the conference.

Notes to editors:

1. AUGIS aims to improve the delivery, the results and the outcomes of conditions of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, liver and biliary tract requiring surgical treatment. It strives to provide a structure for training objectives, to foster developments in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery and to promote educational and academic objectives.

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