Today’s (Wednesday) revelation by the Public Services Ombudsman on the failings at Causeway Hospital must be learned from, said MLA Maurice Bradley.
Bradley an advocate for the Causeway Hospital, described the report as disappointing and sends his sympathies to the family of the patient.
The East Londonderry representative said: “This is a serious matter and it is a tragedy that this patient was not given the best possible chance of survival; however, lessons must be learned so that this does not happen again.
“I regularly meet with the Northern Trust and I am always pushing for investment and expansion at Causeway.
“I am keen to investigate administrative resources throughout each of the Trusts, it is my view that costs could be diverted to the front line.
“Like many organisations my concern is that our health trusts are top heavy, and it is our dedicated nurses, doctors and consultants who are going above and beyond to provide the best possible care under extremely difficult circumstances. This is the reason why we need a functioning Executive at Stormont.
“The DUP has been involved in constructive discussions and we will continue to participate in those. We want to get back into the Executive and deal with issues impacting on our schools, hospitals and roads. We will continue to seek progress, but any way forward must be fair and balanced,” said Bradley.
Speaking in support of a Medical School in the North West, the MLA added: “I would be supportive of the proposal for a medical school in the North West in the hope that it would establish a hub of learning between the universities at Coleraine and Magee, and lead to additional courses at our university here in Coleraine
“It is my view that the focus is always on Antrim and Belfast, and we at Causeway are left out.
“The Causeway Hospital is very important to this area – not just for the residents of Causeway Coast and Glens that it serves, but the thousands of visitors that descend on our area throughout the year.”