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Major protest rally to save Stroke Unit

A major rally protesting against the closure of Daisy Hill Stroke Unit is set to take place in Newry later this month.

The council led rally on Saturday 28th March will begin at 12 sharp in the city’s Cathedral Quarter and will travel along Hill Street to Monaghan Street finishing at Daisy Hill Hospital.

The Council’s Health Service Working Group, which is acting as a steering group for the campaign to retain the city stroke unit, is calling on all members of the public, rural and urban community and residents groups, youth organisations, trade unions, farmers’ unions and all other interested parties to take to the streets on the day in a show of strength and unity to protest at the proposed centralisation of stroke services in Craigavon and the general dissipation of services in Daisy Hill.

A major media campaign has been launched in support of the rally which includes a facebook page that has already received close to 7000 likes, a Twitter campaign #SaveDaisyHill as well as radio and press coverage.

Minister Wells and the Assembly Health Committee will be invited to the rally and it is expected that a further public meeting will be held with representatives of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Letters will be sent to the Trust, Health Committee and Minister at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety expressing the opposition of the community in Newry and Mourne to the proposed closure of the current “centre of excellence” Stroke Unit at Daisy Hill.

A meeting of the steering group will take place today (Monday 9th March) to discuss the details of the rally, including creating a title for the protest event. Further details arising from Monday’s meeting will be released ahead of the rally.

To follow the campaign visit the Daisy Hill – Save Our Stroke Services facebook page or #SaveDaisyHill.