Ms Ritchie said, “I utterly condemn the wanton destruction and mindless arson at the Old Downe Hospital site last night.   It is crucial those responsible for this crime are made amenable to the law and I would urge anyone with information to make it known to the PSNI.   Now is also the time […]

SDLP MP for South Down has called on the Health Minister, Jane Ellison MP, to reach a settlement to the issue of compensation and support for the victims and families of contaminated blood and blood products in the NHS.  Ms Ritchie said:  “Victims of contaminated blood products and their families have been repeatedly let down […]

Ms Ritchie said, “Further to robust representations outlining my opposition and the opposition of my constituents to monthly payments for certain Trust employees, I am pleased these proposals have now been halted.   These proposals have caused a great deal of worry, distress and financial concern for Trust staff who are on the lowest payment […]

Margaret Ritchie MP ‘gets behind the daffodil’ for Marie Curie this March SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie and actress and presenter Linda Robson have joined forces to ‘get behind the daffodil’ this March and help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.   Ms Ritchie and Ms Robson were […]

Ritchie pursues Minister for Health on recruitment drive for doctors SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has written to the Minister for Health, Mr Simon Hamilton MLA, to urge for a robust recruitment strategy to be put in place for doctors and nurses.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I have asked Minister Hamilton to take action to address […]

Ritchie challenges Trust and Health and Social Care Board on waiting list times   Margaret Ritchie, Member of Parliament for South Down, has challenged the Chief Executives of the South Eastern and Southern Trusts regarding measures implemented to reduce waiting times.   Ms Ritchie said, “Further to continued representations to the Minister for Health regarding […]

Ritchie supports ‘no one should have no one at Christmas’ campaign   South Down SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called for the Government and local health Trusts to do more to tackle loneliness, particularly among elderly people. Speaking after the launch of the campaign by AgeUK, Margaret Ritchie emphasized the need for awareness and support […]

Ritchie welcomes the publication of the long-awaited consultation document regarding the reformed scheme for those tragically infected with HIV or Hepatis C through NHS supplied blood or blood products.   Margaret Ritchie said today   “Following continuous representations to the Minister for Public Health in London, Ms June Ellison, she has now informed me that […]

Margaret Ritchie MP supports Carbon Monoxide Awareness Competition     SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called on primary schools to ensure more knowledge and awareness among pupils to the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) and other issues from using fuel that burns, and has encouraged young people to participate in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Competition. […]

Ritchie demands Minister intervenes to use facilities in the Downe Hospital to cope with A&E pressures     Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has demanded the Minister for Health intervene in the ongoing crisis in A&E Departments across Northern Ireland by ensuring the first class Accident and Emergency Services in the Downe […]