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Adjournment debate

The SDLP's Conall McDevitt tabled the adjournment debate on proposals to close the Belfast City Hospital accident and emergency unit on a temporary basis, on 13 September 2011.

Mr McDevitt said the decision taken by the Belfast Trust was "entirely premature".

He called on the minister to ensure that the accident and emergency department at the City was properly staffed and resourced until such times as the new critical care facilities at the Royal Victoria Hospital were in place.

The minister, Edwin Poots, said the decision had been taken in the interests of safety and the sustainability of services.

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