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Public’s views sought on proposed health cuts

Cllrs Stephen McCann and Glenn Campbell with Eamon Logue and Bernie McQuaid, commitee members of Dromore Elderly Care Centre.

A PUBLIC meeting is being held in Omagh on Thursday, September 21 to discuss health cuts proposed by the Western Trust.

The Trust has been instructed to make cuts of £12.5 million which is likely to affect numerous local services.

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The Trust would like to hear the public’s views on the 2017/18 Savings Plan proposals and has organised public meetings in the coming weeks.

One of the meetings will take place at Omagh Leisure Complex from 2-4pm on Thursday, September 21.

Local Sinn Féin representatives, Glenn Campbell and Stephen McCann, have called on people to respond to this consultation, which runs until October 5.

Cllr McCann, current chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, believes the proposals “will have a devastating impact” on health care across the district.

He was speaking following a meeting with staff and clients from the under-threat Dromore Day Care Centre this week.

Cllr McCann said, “I would urge local people to respond to the consultation and make clear their support for the retention and development of our day care centres at Dromore and Gortin.”

Cllr Campbell added, “We will be raising the concerns of people across the council area at a meeting with senior officials from the Western Trust on Thursday, September 7 in Omagh.

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“These proposed cuts are both unnecessary and unjustifiable.”

• Information on how to respond to the consultation before October 5 can be found in the ‘Consultations’ area of the Trust’s website – www.westerntrust.hscni.net.

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