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Support For Rural Transport Welcomed
Published: 6 December, 2011
Pat Doherty, who was a signatory to the motion said,
"Sinn Féin submitted this motion to the Assembly calling for support for the retention of transport for people attending hospital appointments from rural areas. It is important that this scheme remains in place as many people in the rural community either don't have their own transport or are unable to drive due to the illness they are suffering from.
"If this scheme is removed then many people will be faced with a financial hardship in getting to their appointments and this is especially so for people suffering from a chronic illness who need regular treatment. It is important for both patient and the hospital involved that people attend their appointments.
"I welcome the support from the other parties and the commitment from the Minister Danny Kennedy to liaise with the Health and Finance Departments in order to preserve this much needed service for the rural community."
4. Private Member's Business
Motion: Community Transport Scheme
That this Assembly recognises the dependency that our rural communities have on the Community Transport Scheme for medical visits and hospital appointments; and calls on the Minister for Regional Development to ensure that this service is sustained to facilitate the most vulnerable people in our society.
Mr O McMullan
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