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Health provision in Armagh

Sinn Fein's Cathal Boylan tabled the adjournment debate on health provision in Armagh city and district, on 18 September 2012.

He said services had been moved out of the area since 2008 despite thousands of people, political representatives and trade unions opposing the changes.

Mr Boylan said that the changes "were forced though" and the Armagh residents made to accept the changes "they were united in opposing".

He said the out-of-hours minor injuries service had been reduced.

"Now the people in the Armagh area, who find the need for health provision deemed non-emergency but still severe enough to have urgent attention, must travel to the closest accident and emergency which is at Craigavon Area Hospital," he said.

Responding to the debate, Health Minister Edwin Poots said the minor injuries service was "not well utilised" with only one patient coming every three hours.

"In times of financial constraints, we cannot afford to be spending money on staff waiting for patients to come to a facility, we need the patients there to justify it," he said.

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