Cameron – “closing ED doors would be intolerable”

South Antrim DUP MLA Pam Cameron tabled an Urgent Question to the Health Minister in the NI Assembly today regarding the crisis in Emergency Departments.

The urgent question asked the Minister to outline what actions he was taking to address the severe pressures in EDs.

By Pam Cameron MLA

South Antrim

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Commenting upon the Minister’s answers Mrs Cameron,

“This is not about party politics. This is about people. On all sides, we need to work together to fix this. If the men and women on the front line of our hospitals need additional help then we should be elevating this to the Government for military assistance.

The idea that Emergency Departments would close their doors is as far removed from the 1948 concept of a National Health Service as we can imagine. It would be intolerable and demand serious answers across the board if we reach a situation where people are turned away from EDs.

Whilst I commend the Minister on coming to the chamber, we have reached a stage where we need to see action taken to address the pressures at General Practice, Out of Hours and EDs. I will support sensible and significant changes which would help keep the ED doors open and alleviate pressure on staff.

To this end, I will continue to press for maximum transparency to ensure the public and legislators can have sight of all data.”

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