East Londonderry MLA Maurice Bradley has welcomed a recruitment drive for senior nurses at Causeway Hospital.
The recruitment day will be held on Saturday 11 November at Antrim Area Hospital.
“This is welcome news,” said the East Londonderry MLA.
“I have been pressing the Trust now for some time on staffing at Causeway in a bid to cut down on the number of agency staff.
“The fact that this recruitment campaign is seeking band 5, senior nurses is good news, and I know it will take the pressure off staff at our local hospital.
“During a meeting with Northern Trust Chief Executive, Dr Tony Stevens back in August he admitted that Causeway’s biggest threat was staffing, so the fact that the Northern Trust are actively looking for staff is extremely encouraging.”
MLA Bradley went on: “I read with interest this week the emergency care waiting times. In September 69 percent of patients at Causeway were treated or admitted within four hours, the target set was 95 percent.
“These figures indicate the pressure the emergency staff at our A&E are under.
“I feel that the staff should be praised for their efforts as they continue to provide a lifesaving service in very demanding circumstances.
“I would ask other politicians who are quick to criticise the hospital and its staff, what they are doing to support the staff at our hospital?
“Moral is already low and continual scaremongering in the media is doing nothing to support the Causeway staff.
“For every horror story that it pushed out in the press, there are far more success stories about our hospital and its dedicated staff, yet we rarely hear of these.
“I have had many meetings in the last couple of months with the Trust and indeed Trust staff and I have been assured that there is a vision for our hospital in Coleraine.
“The Causeway Hospital supports a large area and I have been pressing the Trust for the inclusion of other services at our hospital. This will create more jobs and a better level of health provision for the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
“Instead of looking for solutions, other politicians are too quick to criticise the hospital and its staff at every given opportunity.
“To conclude, we don’t know how lucky we are to have a facility like the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine. We have wonderful staff, who I know are at times under pressure, but they are totally dedicated to providing a service to those in need.
“I will continue to lobby for the retention of services at Causeway and the addition of others. I would urge other political representatives to do the same instead of grasping at straws to look for ways to berate our hospital.