THE people of Fermanagh are being urged to come out and have their say on the proposed £12.5m cuts to services at the South West Acute Hospital and other areas of the local health service.
Last Thursday a public consultation meeting was called off after organisers the Western Trust booked a room in the Lakeland Forum much too small to accommodate the crowd that turned out. Citing health and safety reasons, the Trust called off the meeting and rearranged the meeting for the large hall at the Forum tonight, Monday, at 7pm.
There have since been fears fewer people may attend the consultation meeting, with such short notice given about the new arrangements. As such, local campaigners have been actively spreading the word over the weekend in a bid to get as many local people out to have their say on the proposals, which if implemented, will include the closure of SWAH’s neonatal unit, the closure of an elderly ward, cuts to elective surgery, and cuts to domiciliary care.
Trust chief executive, Anne Kilgallen, has also urged the public to come out the meeting, stressing their voices will be heard.
The meeting takes place at the Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen at 7pm this evening, Monday, October 2. Those who cannot make it for whatever reason can still contribute to the public consultation by submitting their comments on the ‘consultations’ page of the Western Trust website, www.westerntrust.hscni.net. The deadline for the consultation process is this Thursday, October 5.