North: Reply to Hayes

By Ciaran Mulholland

Socialist Voice January 2003

HEALTH MINISTER Des Browne has announced his intention to press ahead with the proposals contained in the Hayes Report on the future of Northern Ireland's hospital service.

Hayes proposed the closure of the Mid-Ulster in Magherafelt, the Tyrone County in Omagh, the Downe in Downpatrick, the Lagan Valley in Lisburn and Whiteabbey Hospital as acute units. Over the next few years, between 500 and 1,200 acute beds will go. The ludicrously expensive Private Finance Initiative will be widely implemented.

It would be an absolutely scandalous move if Browne were to implement Hayes, but it is quite clear that the Executive and the Assembly would ultimately have moved in the same direction. The only way to defeat Hayes is through the mobilisation of mass campaigns involving hospital workers, the unions and genuine community groups.

The Socialist Party is publishing a comprehensive reply to the Hayes Report, giving a socialist alternative. This will shortly be available this website. Watch this space

June 18th 2003:

The document is now available here. To read more articles about the NHS go to the sitemap.