You can judge for yourself:
- Have services got better?
- Were services stretched before they shut Mid Ulster?
HAS THE NORTHERN TRUST, MISLED THE PUBLIC AND THE ASSEMBLY
According to hospital statistics as provided by the DHSSPS (link), it shows that in terms of A&E care Antrim hospital was already underachieving in terms of dealing with the input of patients. With the closure of Mid Ulster and White Abbey a&e there will be a greater input of patients from the surrounding areas, in the range of 2500 +.
Health Minister, Michael Mc Gimpsey, is already on record stating that the closure of the two sites in Mid Ulster and White Abbey is not based on a financial factor, but based on a factor of health and safety for patients.
The following tables in two different formats clearly show that before the closure the health and safety of patients in Antrim hospital was at a critical standing, one that will in the coming months only be added to.
Points of Interest
· Waiting over 12 hours, Antrim. April 2009 = 17 / April 2010 = 299
· % seen in less than 4 hours, Antrim. April 2009 = 79% / April = 61.1%