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Perhaps someone in the BBC could check Stephen Nolan's homework before letting him on air. In the current debate on emergency department provision, he has repeatedly made the same basic, but crucial mistakes:

1. There are two emergency departments within the Belfast Trust, not one as he repeatedly states. The Mater also has an emergency department. How it figures in all of this is another story.

2. The man he refers to as the CEO of the RVH is in fact the CEO of the full Belfast Trust. A very significant difference, as he can reassign resources from any of his hospitals, if he so desires.

3. John Compton is not a health professional. He is an accountant by training.

4. The person he constantly refers to as the "most senior nurse in Northern Ireland" is not. She is a union rep for the Royal College of Nursing.

She will be well-paid and her role is to fight for her union members.

Perhaps Nolan could speak to the real senior nurse - the chief nursing officer - who sits in the Department of Health with the chief medical officer.


Lisburn, Co Antrim

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