The Carrickfergus Councillor said: “In light of this research which demonstrates that patient’s lives are put at risk by making them travel further, the Northern Health Board must reconsider their disastrous decision to reduce Accident and Emergency services at Whiteabbey.
“The report found that the risk of death almost doubled for those with breathing problems if they journey lasted over 12 miles then between 6 and 12 miles.
“As a former member of the Health Board and a long time campaigner for Whiteabbey hospital I feel very strongly about this report it must be looked at by the Northern Health Board.
“Whiteabbey went from having 24 hour Accident and Emergency services that then closed at 9.00pm, and now only opens between 9.00am and 5.00pm. If patient’s lives are being endangered then this can no longer go on and round the clock services must be restored.”