MLA Sugden welcomes MS clinics

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Independent MLA Claire Sugden has this week welcomed the appointment of an interim MS Specialist for the Northern Trust.

The East Londonderry MLA said: “I welcome the news that the Belfast Trust has appointed a locum Consultant Neurologist to deliver fortnightly MS clinics within the Northern Trust.

“This is the same commitment that was in place with the previous consultant whose position had not been filled since his retirement. This is the start of what I hope will be a positive and lasting outcome to an important ongoing issue.

“I have been working with MS Society Northern Ireland and their local branch in Coleraine for a number of months and I have shared their grave concerns at the inadequate care in the Northern Trust area.

“The questions I have been asking the Minister have received a desired result, and I am delighted that this gap in service provision will be bridged until a permanent consultant is put in place.

“This is a timely appointment as we approach MS Week at the end of April 2015.

“This news will come as a relief to many of my constituents who were fearful of losing this service,” said the MLA.