‘Serious problem’ with hospital buses

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SINN Fein councillor Margaret Anne McKillop is calling on Translink to look at the “serious problem” with connecting buses to the major hospitals from the Glens area.

She said: “People in rural areas within Moyle especially in the Glens are experiencing real problems with trying to keep hospital appointments due to a lack of connecting buses.

“At present there are more people being referred to Mid-Ulster and with some clinics only doing early morning appointments it is impossible to get there by bus. With a lot of elderly who have free bus buses it is not convenient for them with these ongoing problems. These problems are resulting in a lot of people being out of pocket due to having to get a private taxi or pay someone to take them.

“If you cancel an appointment there is usually a six week delay in getting another one. This is a very serious problem and needs to be tackled sooner rather than later.”