Every effort must be made to quickly reopen 25 beds closed due to a vomiting bug and staff shortages at Altnagelvin Hospital, Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said.
“These temporary closures will cause distress to those patients who were due to have important medical procedures carried out in Altnagelvin but who will now face an additional wait,” he commented.
“While I appreciate the important clinical reasons for the temporary closure in order to protect patients from a vomiting bug, it is vital that these beds are reopened as soon as possible.
“Every effort should be made to ensure that happens.
“Issues regarding staff shortages in Altnagelvin need to be addressed immediately.
“The department needs to develop a comprehensive workforce strategy covering all aspects of the Health and Social Care Service which they were tasked with doing by former Sinn Féin Health Minister Michelle O’Neill in her transformation plan, Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together.
“It is important that staff are supported to continue to deliver the top-class services they are trained to do.”