Ritchie Says Withdrawal Of Newry Fracture Unit A Slap In The Face

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has described the proposed withdrawal of the fracture unit at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry to Craigavon as a ‘slap in the face’ for people in the area.

dn_screenMs Ritchie understands the plan will see the unit close in three weeks, which she says will cause considerable inconvenience for those who use it. She added: “This latest plan for a cut in services will impact upon people in the entire southern section of Down and is merely another example of centralisation when, what should be happening is a decentralisation of services. Instead, services in our local health care sector are be stripped away. “From what I understand the withdrawal of the fracture unit at Daisy Hill is planned to take effect in three weeks, but what consultation has taken place with patients and the wider community? I am totally opposed to this and believe it is a slap in the face for the people of the area.”  ]]>