SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan has called on the new Health Minister to guarantee the future of daytime care services in Gortin and Dromore for older people. Sinn Fein were part of a cross party campain to stop the closure of these services planned by the previous DUP Health Minister.

Mr McCrossan said: “In the last mandate we welcomed vocal support from Sinn Fein in our campaign to maintain daytime care services in Gortin and Dromore. Their MLAs pledged to do all they could to fight for the future of its service users and staff. Now that Sinn Fein have been left with the Health portfolio, they now have the power to make good on their promises.

“The new Health Minister Michelle O’Neill must guarantee the future of these vital services in their current locations. If she does not, id she proceeds with their removal, Sinn Fein will be directly responsible for the further isolation of vulnerable older people living in rural communities.

“Sinn Fein must now demonstrate that their support for this cause goes beyond strong words in the paper and a photo-opportunity.”


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