Upper Bann DUP representatives Carla Lockhart MP and Diane Dodds MLA have met with Southern Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive Shane Devlin
Upper Bann DUP representatives Carla Lockhart MP and Diane Dodds MLA have met with Southern Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive Shane Devlin to discuss current challenges and pressures in the delivery of local health care.
Speaking after the meeting, the DUP representatives said:
“The provision of healthcare is facing unprecedented pressures. A system already facing a great deal of strain prior to the pandemic has now been tested to the extreme. We owe a great deal of thanks to the frontline healthcare staff and indeed the management who have sustained the service in these extremely difficult times.
"We do need to explore how we build back better as the impact of COVID, while it will remain, does recede with more people vaccinated. The resumption of a range of services, where we have unacceptable waiting lists, is a key step and must be resourced to meet patient need. We must also get to grips with the ongoing pressures facing A & E, and we need to explore how that pressure can be alleviated.
"Furthermore, we must ensure the staff receive the pay, conditions and support they deserve and need for the job they are doing in such challenging circumstances. As a party we remain committed to better pay for frontline healthcare workers.
"We want to thank Shane Devlin, Chief Executive, for taking time to meet with us to listen to our concerns and the concerns of those we represent. We recognise the enormity of the task he faces in managing this service and assure him, and all the staff in the Trust, that as local political representative we are doing our best to secure the support they need to deliver the best healthcare in this area possible.”