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Community spirit is everything

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Community spirit is everything thumbnailCatherine Farrell

THE determination of the community has remained a constant throughout Catherine Farrell's 40-year career at Daisy Hill Hospital.

Ms Farrell, a trade union representative and a member of Daisy Hill staff, has faced threat after threat staring down the hospital over the years and without the determination of the community, she says, Daisy Hill would not be here .

Speaking at Saturday's Daisy Hill rally at the Albert Basin, Ms Farrell also slammed the Trust for attempting to shut local people out of major decisions.

"People should not be fooled by the idea that the push to downgrade the A&E Department at Daisy Hill Hospital is part of some overall grand plan to transform the Health Service and make it better, " claimed a riled Ms Farrell.

"This has happened because of poor planning and the public should never pay the price for that.

"This community has the right not to have major changes to its hospital forced upon it. The trade unions that I am a representative of are not against the right kind of reform of the Health Service, undertaken in genuine partnership with the local community and the workforce, but we will not accept any attempts to suddenly cut services and harm the health of the local community and the livelihoods of our members.

"The Trust and the wider Health Service need to get the message that shutting out local people out of the decisions that are made about their services is wrong and will always be strongly opposed." Continuing, Ms Farrell also stated that everyone across the district is entitled to appropriate care and no one should be placed in the position where they are told a loved could have been saved if they had of received emergency medical care sooner.

"I can give you thousands of reasons why our Emergency Department should remain a 24-hour service, with every one of them being a patient who, due to accident or illness, has had to seek care in Daisy Hill Emergency Department," she added.

"I am a proud trade unionist and a proud member of staff in Daisy Hill Hospital but more importantly, I am an even prouder member of this community, a community that is saying loud and clear that reductions of the Emergency Department services in Daisy Hill is a definite no go! "I can assure you all that anything that my own union Unison and that of my sister unions will do everything to ensure the continued delivery of 24/7 emergency services at Daisy Hill Hospital will be done.

"Our support to this campaign we pledge."

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