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Dolan calls for stronger cross-border health links as An Taoiseach visits Enniskillen Hospital

Published: 14 November, 2017

Jemma Dolan MLA welcomes An Taoiseach to our local hospital and calls for stronger cross-border health links

Jemma Dolan MLA welcomes An Taoiseach to our local hospital and calls for stronger cross-border health links

Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Jemma Dolan has called for stronger cross-border links for our health care system.

Speaking in Enniskillen following a visit to the South West Acute Hospital from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Ms Dolan said,

"Whilst we need to be developing our GP surgeries and health centres, we also need to strengthen our local hospital services.

"We have a fantastic hospital in Enniskillen ready to be utilised by all residents in our region and if we were using this on a cross-border basis it would secure more services for us locally.

"Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim have minimal cancer services with people having to travel to Galway or Cavan General to access services. Similarly, cancer patients in Fermanagh South Tyrone have to make journeys to Derry or Belfast. There is certainly a case here for a regional cross-border centre.

Spokesperson on North South integration, Ms Dolan continued,

"We have top class cardiac and stroke units in Enniskillen. If you suffer a heart attack or a stroke, you should be able to get the vital, lifesaving care you need, in the nearest available hospital.

"We are seeing increasing numbers of people travelling huge round trip distances to access even simple services such as tests or examinations. This should not be how a caring society works.

"The vision of our Health Trusts should not stop or start at the border.

"Sinn Féin will continue to strive to ensure a broader vision for healthcare throughout the region to ensure that patients are central to our healthcare provision."