DUP MP Nigel Dodds speaks to Trust about Mater services

Belfast's Mater Hospital 
Marie Louise McConville

DUP MP Nigel Dodds has called for a meeting with the health minister over a move by the Mater Hospital in north Belfast to redirect children and overnight ambulances away from its accident and emergency department to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The move, which began on Friday night, has been linked to a shortage of A&E consultants.

The Trust has said the arrangement will be kept under review.

Mr Dodds said he was "deeply concerned" by the move and had spoken to senior Belfast Trust representatives and Bishop Noel Treanor, who is a trustee.


"The Trust said it would be trying this week to put in place measures to lift the temporary diversion, although saying that this ‘wouldn't be easy’," he said.

"The problem appears to be more junior doctors being left without senior oversight. There is a shortage of A and E consultants generally which is causing difficulty".


The North Belfast MP said he would be speaking to Belfast Trust Chief Executive Michael McBride and was "seeking an early meeting" with the health minister Simon Hamilton.


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