Minister for Health Edwin Poots has been called on to make clear his future plans for services at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry following recent speculation that the current funding crisis may have a detrimental impact on local services.
The call comes from the city’s Mayor, Cllr Brenda Stevenson, who said speculation that the new radiotheraphy unit and a new 24-hour laboratory to treat patients with serious heart conditions could be delayed, were “unhelpful and deeply concerning” to people in the North West region.
Cllr Stevenson said it was imperative the Minister prioritised reviewing his budget and prioritising “these much needed services” at Altnagelvin.
Mayor Stevenson added: “The people of the North West have campaigned tirelessly for a radiotheraphy unit at Altnagelvin and every effort must be made to ensure the department delivers on its promise to deliver this essential service.”
She concluded: “This ongoing speculation is unhelpful and the Minister needs to urgently review his budgets to ensure the North West region does not, once again, bear the blunt of these budget cuts,” she commented.Tags: