Ministers discuss
North-South health
service co-operation

Ministers discuss
North-South health
service co-operation
FINE Gael deputy Peter Fitzpatrick believes new co-operation between health departments on both sides of the Border could lead to establishing a link between the Louth Hospital and Daisyhill in Newry.

FINE Gael deputy Peter Fitzpatrick believes new co-operation between health departments on both sides of the Border could lead to establishing a link between the Louth Hospital and Daisyhill in Newry.

The visit to Louth last week by the North’s health minister Edwin Poots and minister James Reilly highlighted the importance of cross-border health projects.

Minister Reilly and Minister Poots were in Dundalk to see work by a number of Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) projects.

They visited the Men’s Shed at Seatown. The Louth Men’s Sheds project was set up by the Netwell Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and Louth County Council. Minister Reilly said the ministries and departments in both jurisdictions plan to work together on a range of services including the provision of paediatric cardiac surgery on an all-island basis.

Deputy Fitspatrick said this would ensure the delivery of a world class service, using the skills and capabilities of healthcare professionals on both sides of the border,” the Minister said.

“North-South relations have come such a long way in recent years,” Deputy Fitzpatrick said.

“The willingness of the health ministers to come together to provide the best possible service to those living in the border region is a further normalising and cementing of the progress that has been made.

“I will be continuing to build on the work of Ministers Reilly and Poots by supporting the CAWT projects whereever I can,” Deputy Fitzpatrick said.