Representatives from the DUP, UUP, TUV and Independents all joined with Alex Easton MLA to hand over the petition of 19033 names opposing the closure of the Bangor and Ards Minor injury Units to the chief Executive of the SE Trust.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“I am pleased that all the political party’s with the exception of the Alliance Party have clearly demonstrated and supported the call to keep both the Ards and Bangor Minor Injury units open, and I can only thank them for their support. The Trust launched a 12-week public consultation on the future provision of urgent and emergency care services in the Ards and North Down area. A total of 388 responses were received, I believe from inside information that the vast majority of these are opposed to the closures. The Trust is currently analyzing responses and feedback received and this shall be summarized in a Consultation Outcome Report which will be presented to the Trust’s Board and published in due course but it is clear that the SE Trust must now have a clear message by now that I am not going to go away, and with a petition of 19033 people saying they do not want these closures the SE Trust needs to listen to people and the CE of the SE trust needs to put a stop to this proposal and give reassurance to the population of Ards and North Down. We know your job is difficult but we are willing to work with you for positive outcomes for the SE Trust but we need to be met halfway. Time to listen and reflect and stop, don’t make us go down the route of a judicial review because that is how far we are willing to go to try and stop this.”