Bradshaw welcomes urgent and emergency care summit

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the announcement of an urgent and emergency care summit scheduled for June.

The South Belfast MLA stated: “The review of A&E, out-of-hours services and minor injuries units is central to the overall transformation agenda and will impact in one way or another on almost everyone in Northern Ireland.

“Emergency Departments in particular are a pressure chamber for the rest of the health service and it is vital all perspectives are heard in reshaping the first point of contact with the system.

“For that reason, the delegate invite list for the summit must be extremely extensive – from GPs through to people providing palliative care.

“With ongoing rising demand, there is no time to waste. An agreed route forward must be swiftly agreed, and then implemented without delay.”