Meet Health Minister
Save The Mid met with Health Minister Edwin Poots at Stormont moments before the announcement was made for the go ahead for the Cancer Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.
Save The Mid's Chair passed a report to Mr Poots regarding Mid Ulster Hospital and welcomed the fact that Mr Poots may not be fully aware of the problems within health in Mid Ulster, Mr Poots himself also said that “the Trust are not coming and telling me this” after being told of recent information being given by Save The Mid.
Save The Mid informed The Health Minister of the early removal of ward 3 at the Mid Ulster Hospital and how the Trust are currently taking away support services from Thompson House. By taking away support services the Trust are making Thompson House unsafe. It is not the fault of the staff services are unsafe, the fault lays purely with Trust managers deliberately trying to endanger patients to try and remove Mid Ulster Hospital.
Save The Mid welcomes comments made by Mr Poots regarding Mid Ulster hospital after the refusal of the previous Health Minister to meet or speak with Save The Mid regarding Mid Ulster Hospital. Vice Chair Yvonne McCoy “ We would like to say a thank you for his time and future commitments to meet Save The Mid to discuss the historical rundown of Mid Ulster and future possibilities.
Save the Mid will met the Health Minister in a larger meeting and have future meetings set up with MLA’s and the Northern Trust.
Accompanied with Save The Mid was Margaret Gilbert OBE, from O4O/AGE NI, who was honoured for services to older people in Mid Ulster and spoke of how decisions taken in the past have worked against the older generation to be supported to live in Mid Ulster.