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Omagh acute mental health services

Recommendations contained within a major review of the health service have caused concern among local people about the future of an acute mental health facility in Omagh, a DUP MLA said, on 4 December 2012.

West Tyrone assembly member Thomas Buchanan brought the adjournment debate on the matter to the Assembly.

He said the Transforming Your Care (TYC) report recommended that acute mental health services should be located beside or within close proximity to acute hospitals.

However, Mr Buchanan said that since 2009, "the acute mental health services have continued to be delivered at Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital to safe and effective standards."

"Arrangements being used for the argument for its relocation to the South West site don't stack up and have been made without any robust rationale or evidence for doing so," he said.

Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff said the report's recommendations had "caused considerable anxiety in the area".

Responding to the debate, Health Minister Edwin Poots said that TYC wanted to provide the "right care at the right time".

He said any changes to health provision would be subject to public consultation before decisions would be made.


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