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Downe A&E cuts announced by South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust


Enright Slams Trust For Cutting Downe A&E Hours

Councillor Enright got versions of the letter below into the Irish news, Newsletter, Mourne Observer, Down Recorder and Down News. (click here)

re: Downe A&E cuts announced by South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

2014 has opened with widespread anger around Downpatrick and District at the sudden announcement by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust that they are experiencing a critical shortage of medical staff in both the Downe and Lagan Valley Emergency Departments and were thus forced to cut back on weekend working. This leaves local doctors operating an ‘Out of Hours’ at weekends and night-time at the Downe on their own.

The Monday before Christmas I attended a 3 1/2 hour emergency meeting between the Trust and local elected representatives at the Down Civic Centre  in the Downshire Estate on the Ardglass Road to demand answers on why Accident and Emergency services were being cut at weekends with suggestions that we travel to the Ulster hospital instead.

We were able to extract a promise from Trust management that when sufficient staff had been recruited, normal service would resume. The Trust also promised to brief us on progress towards this goal.


Suspicions exist that Lisburn and Downpatrick are being sacrificed to enable the Ulster to build up its numbers to resist being culled when the realization hits that we don’t need four major hospitals in Belfast. 45% of admissions to the Ulster are already from Belfast. Real people live beyond Carryduff.

The inability to recruit and retain middle-grade doctors to work in A&E points to poor planning and raises issues about the competency of Health Service management over a 15 year period since this problem has become widely acknowledged.  Solutions should have been found long ago.

At a time of huge graduate unemployment and emigration only 250 doctors are being trained every year in the North. Of these 100 are overseas students who will return home, and an average of 50 are emigrating annually on graduation.

You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to figure out that we should have been training at least 100 more per annum for many years, and that Trusts ought to be allowed to sponsor students who agree to work in scarce specialities for a number of years after graduating.

Roads infrastructure in South Down is very different compared to Lisburn or the Ulster which are minutes away from a selection of A&E hospitals in Belfast, Craigavon and Antrim. Some parts of Down District would require travelling 40 miles to the Ulster Hospital A&E or Daisy Hill in Newry. This is just unacceptable. Several local people described to me how that they would have died had they not been treated at Downe A&E over the last few years.

A solution must be found soon.


Cllr Cadogan Enright




Cadogan Enright collects signatures at local Rugby club for Hospital accident and emergency department's return.

Cadogan Enright collects signatures at local Rugby club for Hospital accident and emergency department’s return.

In addition to the 2600 signatures he collected in Saul, Raholp, Strangford, Kilcleif, Ballyhornan, Chapeltown and Killough, Cadogan Enright collects more signatures at Ballynahinch Rugby Club to prevent the closure of the A&E department in the Downe Hospital. Many sporting clubs agreed that the Accident and Emergency service was essential. Cllr Enright collected signatures at Dunleath park, Ballynahinch Rugby club and sent petitions to over 50 GAA clubs in the surrounding area.

14th Jan 2014 Martin McGuinness supports Downe Community Hospital Campaign

Cllr Cadogan Enright with Downe Hospital Campaigners and Deputy First Minister at Stormont last night

Cllr Cadogan Enright with Downe Hospital Campaigners and Deputy First Minister at Stormont last night

Huge turnout to support the Accident and Emergency debate in Stormont last night (14th January) from Down District – here is a photo of some of us on the stairs at the Assembly with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness showing up to support us (I’m top right)

nov 13 2013 Cllr Enright exposes SDLP on clean beaches, rights of way and roads access to Downpatrick and Downe Hospital Campus

nov 13 2013 from clean beaches, to rights of way and access to our hospital SDLP EXPOSED BY Cllr Cadogan Enright

This letters deals with SDLP errors on Rights of Way especially in Ballyculter

BUT ALSO making it clear that the SDLP are wrong to oppose connecting the Ardglass Road, the Hospital and Public Sector Jobs Campus to the Ballyduggan Road using the waste ground at the back of Dunleath park and the Cinema.

The future of this vital economic hub could be secure as no-one could say that they were not connected to vital roads infrastructure.
The SDLP are totally at sea on local infrastructure despite being in power for 30 years.

sept 4 2013 Battle for Shuttle Bus Service between Downpatrick Hospital and Bus Station reaches new stage

sept 4 2013 Downe hosp transport by CadoganEnright
Cllrs Enright and Curran have succeeded in over turning the negative policy on bus transport within the South Eastern Trust – Ministerial Support for public transport, and new NHS guidelines have provided new impetus to this campaign.

The Trust will now have to bring forward realistic proposals

Road chief says one way system way forward for Edward Street Oct 2012

Road Service Chief seems to finally admit errors of previous head of Road Service in Downpatrick – especially over one way system in Edward Street


Cllrs Curran and Enright at New Hospital

Cllrs Curran and Enright at New Hospital

Down Councillors Cadogan Enright and Dermot Curran have succeeded in establishing a cross-party sub-committee to campaign to retain and attract  public sector jobs in Downpatrick , and to address years of delays in resolving Roads congestion in the County Town including access to the new Downe  Hospital campus.

Cllr Enright said “At the Downpatrick/Lecale electoral area meeting last Thursday, we agreed to campaign on these key issues on a cross-party basis. Downpatrick is the only main hub within 20 miles of Belfast not to have benefited from significant investment to ease congestion, and the development of our ‘Public Sector Campus’ at the new Downe is being affected. The Downshire is unique amongst the 3 main hospitals in the South Eastern Trust area with an inadequate bus service.”

Cllr Curran said, “These issues are crucial to Downpatrick consolidating its role as a public sector jobs hub. At my last meeting as Council Chair in June, I put a motion on the need for the Chief Executive to develop a campaign to address the need to attract and protect public sector jobs following a series of negative announcements. I welcomed improving amendments from Cllr Enright at that time, and this cross-party proposal will give these campaigns teeth.”

Downpatrick area councillors committee chair Cllr Eamonn McConMidhe agreed and said “I welcome this proposal from Dermot and Cadogan. We are taking a similar approach here to our successful all-party Ballyhornan committee. The sub-committee will be empowered to invite our MP, our MLAs and all interested parties to play their role in the campaign as we have done for Ballyhornan. These issues are too important for party politics.”

Down Council Chief executive attended the meeting and supported the move. He has appointed senior council officer Gerry McBride to play the supporting and enabling role for these campaigns.

“The roads and public transport elements of this project are complex, involving the Roads Service, Translink, the Health Trust, emergency services and all the tenants at the new public sector campus at the Downeshire. Having a coordinated approach to public sector employment is no less complex. Since June, Council has sent Freedom of Information requests to all public sector bodies in NI questioning their approach to public sector employment in Down District over the last 5 years, and this is currently being complied to enable us to lobby effectively at Stormont up to and including the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers.”, Concluded Councillor Enright.

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provide more buses to the downe

provide more buses to the downe