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Petition launched to stop SWAH cuts


A PETITION set up to save neonatal services at SWAH has already reached over 2,000 signatures.
Following the publication of a swathe cost cutting proposals by the Western Trust, which has been told to slash £12.5 million from its budget, there has been much concern locally regarding the impat these cuts could have on local health and well-being.
One proposal is to temporarily shut the neonatal unit at the South West Acute Hospital, with the service being absorbed into the children’s ward. Given the implications this could have for the hospital, and to local mothers and babies, a petition has now been set up online by local man Ray Haskins.
So far the petition, which you can sign here, has had support from almost 2,100 local people.
Meanwhile, the Trust have released more details on its public meetings regarding the proposed cuts.
The public consultation on the Department of Health’s £70m savings proposals opened at the end of August, and runs until October 5. Everyone is being urged let their views known, and a number of meetings have been organised throughout the district.
Here in Fermanagh there will be a meeting at the Lakeland Forum in Enniskillen on Thursday, September 28, from 7-9pm. Anyone with access needs is urged to contact the Trust on 82835278, or by emailing You can read the full publication on the proposals on the Western Trust’s website,

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