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Invitation For Public To Attend Crucial Health Meeting

Public Invited To Attend Crucial Health Meeting The Department of Health is seeking to cut £70 from the budgets of the local health trusts around Northern Ireland. The Downe Hospital and other services are likely to be affected.

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Support The Health Hustings Event In St Patrick Centre

There will be an election health hustings event at the St Patrick Centre  in Downpatrick on Thursday 25th May starting at 7pm organised by the Down Community Health Committee. Please contact 028 44 614340 and book your place if you would like to attend, as seats are limited.  Come along and…

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Health Campaigners Invite Local Parties To Debate Downe Hospital Issues

The Down Community Health Committee has invited all of the main political parties to take part in a discussion with a questions and answer session in the St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick at 7pm on Tuesday 12 April 2016. The meeting is intended to afford an opportunity to members of…

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Down Community Health Committee Calls On All Parties To Include Downe Hospital On Their Manifestoes

Dear Editor, re: LOVE THE DOWNE march and protest first anniversary. Love Sunday sees the first anniversary of the largest rally ever to take place in support of an NHS hospital, when 20,000 people from Strangford to Saintfield, Ballynahinch to Ballymartin, Newcastle and the Mournes, Castlewellan and, of course, Downpatrick…

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Ritchie Backs Health Campaigners In Ballynahinch White Line Protest

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said the people of Ballynahinch have given strong support to the need to develop an enhanced local hospital at the Downe Hospital. Speaking today she said:  “On Saturday,  the Down Community Health Committee moved their campaign for the development of an enhanced local hospital…

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Politicians Look Back At Downe Hospital On Its Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago today, the then Health Minister Michael McGimpsey MLA officially opened the new Downe Hospital in Downpatrick amidst great optimism across Down District. But within a year, tensions between South Eastern HSC Trust officials and local health campaigners and politicians had started to boil as changes to services…

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Public Sector Industrial Action Shows Strong Support In South Down

A mass protest at Belfast City Hall today saw a tsunami of trade union supporters gather to voice their opposition againt austerity cuts in the public sector. Many trade unions such as Unison, Unite, NIPSA, INTO and GMB were involved from sectors such as transport, education and health. As the…

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Down Community Health Committee Releases Pre-Rally Statement

A Statement form the Down Community Health Committee prior to the ‘Love the Downe’ march and rally in Downpatrick on Saturday 14 February at 2pm starting at the Ardglass Road.                     *** The people of South and East Down have been unwavering…

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Health Campaigners Call On Wells To Intervene Over Cuts To Downe Beds

The Down Community Health Committee has called on local MLA and Health Minister Jim Wells to intervene to restore the beds cut from the Downe Hospital this week by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. “The decision to reject the proposed closure of the Minor Injuries Unit at…

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Down Community Health Committee Oppose Further Health Cuts At Downe Hospital

The Down Community Health Committee is emphatically opposed to any further reduction in service provision at the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick. Last week’s announcement by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust that it “proposed to further ‘temporarily’ reduce bed numbers at the Downe Hospital and merge the remaining…

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Major Call To Support Petition To Keep NHS Free From Privatisation

So, you don’t want to pay private medical insurance like they do in America and have a two-tier country of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ when it comes to health care cover. The new People’s NHSni Campaign group, in conjunction with the Down Community Health Committee will be launching its local petition…

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MLA’s Debate Downe Hospital A&E Cuts At Stormont

An Adjournment Debate was held in Stormont last week around the issues of the cuts to the hours in the Downe Hospital Accident and Emergency service. Down News has included an extensive section of the dialogue of the debate from Stormont in order for everyone to fully understand the complexity,…

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Battle Begins For The Downe A&E Says Health Campaigners

THE chairman of the Down Community Health Committee , Mr Eamonn McGrady, has called for the community to support the new campaign to restore the full 24-hour A&E cover for the Downe Hospital. Last Friday evening the changes introduced by the South Eastern HSC Trust were introduced and from 10pm…

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