Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for South Belfast Michael McGimpsey has said that he remains unconvinced by plans to close the Belfast City Hospital Accident and Emergency Unit following a meeting with Health Minister Edwin Poots this afternoon.
The South Belfast Assembly Member has spoken publicly of his opposition to the closure of the unit prior to the completion of new units at the Royal and Ulster Hospitals.
In a statement Mr. McGimpsey said, “Despite meeting with the Minister this afternoon I remain unconvinced that the proposal has been thought through sufficiently so that patient care will not be affected. No explanation was given as to why the City Hospital was picked for closure over the Mater nor did there appear to have been sufficient consideration given to the capacity of the two remaining accident and emergency units to cope with demand.”
In conclusion Mr. McGimpsey said, “I stand by my call that no decision should be taken on accident and emergency services in the Belfast Trust until the new critical care building at the Royal and Ulster Hospital A&E are complete.”