Business case for city health campus tabled

Foyle MLA and chair of the Health Committee, Maeve McLaughlin
Foyle MLA and chair of the Health Committee, Maeve McLaughlin
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Sinn Féin Foyle MLA and chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee Maeve McLaughlin has revealed that a business case for a new health campus in Derry’s cityside has now been submitted .

Ms McLaughlin made the announcement after attending a meeting with the new Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board Valerie Watts, and representatives from Healthy Living Alliance and Greater Shantallow Area Partnership to discuss a health and social care campus on the west bank.

Maeve McLaughlin said: “It’s important that a health campus is established on the west b ank of the city.

“Despite a site being identified in Derry a number of years ago and an overwhelming case being made for such a facility, a decision was made at the start of the year to choose Lisburn and Newry as the priority locations.

“I am glad now that the cityside is clearly on the agenda and a business case is currently being considered for location. I have made the case that in a catchment area of over 70,000 population there should be enhanced services of the kind promised by the new Health Campus model.

“It would include provision such as primary care professionals from a range of disciplines, including GPs working with modern equipment and advanced technologies to provide services that are easily accessible and responsive to client and patient needs.

“It is important that we maximise this opportunities in terms of health outcomes and targeting the health inequalities that exist in Derry.”