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Northern Ireland's health minister sparks controversy

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:336
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The first major decision by Northern Ireland's new health minister has generated considerable political controversy. Bairbre de Brun, the Sinn Fein representative for Catholic west Belfast, announced last week that regional maternity services were to be moved from the city's Jubilee Hospital to the Royal Group of hospitals site in west Belfast.

    Neonatal services will be transferred first, and the rest of the unit should follow within 90 days. A new maternity hospital will be built at the Royal site, next …

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