MONTGOMERY: Temporary closure of Bangor Hospital unforgivable

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Commenting on the temporary closure of Bangor Hospital, UKIP North Down Councillor John Montgomery has said:

“This temporary closure, if it is indeed temporary, is quite frankly unforgivable. Yet again, we see the evidence of a not fit for purpose executive and assembly. I am troubled also by the apparent preference towards Newtownards, whilst Bangor has the population density to support its local hospital. This is worrying because a feeling might exist that this event and thinking could become future policy within the new North Down and Ards Council.”

Commenting further, Councillor Montgomery added:
“I am also deeply concerned at the role played by our local MLAs in this affair; one is a member of the NI Assembly Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the other is an Assembly Private Secretary to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Surely an appropriate oversight would have been to work with their party colleague preventing the cuts reaching Bangor in the first instance. Still, I suppose, it is difficult to tear one’s self away from the glare of the camera lens long enough to actually do the function for which they were elected.”
“The knock on effect of the closures a 20 bed ward, and the minor injuries unit will be apparent in local surgeries and the emergency department at the Ulster Hospital, both of which are already stretched to the limit. It is the users of both units where the true hardship of this will be most keenly felt. I am aware of one disabled patient who just days before closure was unaware of what the future held. A situation I am sure repeated.”
“I have asked my party Leader David McNarry MLA to arrange a meeting with the minister, however, I suspect that this Minister will be playing a game of hide and seek. He hides while we seek!”

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