30/04/2019

Consultation On Breast & Stroke Services Extended

The Department of Health (DoH) has extended the public consultation process on proposals to reshape stroke services and breast assessment in Northern Ireland.

Both consultations will now run until Friday 19 July, having been originally scheduled to finish on 18 and 17 June respectively. The extension follows criticism and calls for a more transparent consultation period to allow for clear scrutiny of the changes.

Launched earlier this month, the strategy was opened for submissions just as the Northern Ireland civil service entered a period of 'purdah', meaning they were unable to meet elected representatives for further discussions.
News Image
Under the new plans, some breast assessment centres may be closed or relocated. Services at Altnagelvin, Antrim and the Ulster hospitals are expected to remain open but those at Belfast City Hospital and Craigavon may face closure. Stroke services at Daisyhill in Newry may also be affected as part of the reconfiguration.

The DoH is planning a series of public engagement events in June on both consultations, in order to generate the widest possible public engagement on the proposals and the "wider need for transformation across health and social care".

The consultation extensions will help facilitate the vital debate on the best way to reshape services, by providing additional time for the public to fully consider the proposals and submit their views. The Department also intends to publish further information relating to the proposals, during the extended period, to assist the public's understanding of these important proposed service changes.

They also take into consideration the increasing likelihood of a European election following the local government poll, and the Purdah issues this may raise for engagement.



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

14 January 2022
Minister Calls For Input On Proposed All-Ireland Rail Network
The Infrastructure Minister has urged to public to "have their say" on the future of Northern Ireland's rail network, as a consultation on an All-Island Strategic Rail Review is due to closes next week.
13 June 2005
The 2005 Birthday Honours List for Northern Ireland
The full list of recipients of honours in the 2005 Birthday Honours list for Northern Ireland is as follows: Knighthood: Mr Hugh Orde OBE, Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland - for services to Northern Ireland. CBE: Mr Robert David Stewart Campbell, Belfast - For Political and public service.
14 March 2014
Finance Minister Warns On Future Public Spending
Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has said the next number of years in Northern Ireland will "eclipse even the last four years of austerity.
01 December 2003
Public services need greater accountability
A wide-ranging survey of views on public services in Northern Ireland has revealed that the general public believes that there needs to be greater accountability in the current system. The findings were included in a research report published today by the Review of Public Administration (RPA).
22 August 2006
Changes to NI public transport revealed
Transport Minister David Cairns has today announced major changes to the way in which public transport services will be planned and delivered.