THE Northern Trust has moved quickly to refute claims made by TUV leader, Jim Allister, that the Accident and Emergency Department at Causeway Hospital is closing.
In a statement to this newspaper last week, Mr Allister claimed that there are plans afoot to downgrade, and possibly remove the A&E cover at the hospital in Coleraine.
He said that a 'project management team' had been set up to 'reconfigure' emergency services at the Causeway Hospital.
The TUV leader said: " Make no mistake, this is official speak for closure of emergency facilities at Coleraine.
"Already, we have seen a rundown in the Causeway's treatment of fractures with referral on to Altnagelvin being a frequent occurrence.
"Now, there is a plan afoot within the Board to ultimately remove all emergency services."
The Northern Trust rejected Mr Allister's claims saying: " The Trust has no plans to cut acute services to the Causeway hospital and has not established a project management team for this purpose.
"Causeway Hospital does not provide a trauma and orthopaedic service.
"Patients with complex fractures have always been referred to Altnagelvin or The Royal Victoria Hospital.
"With more than 40,000 cases annually, Causeway Hospital, provides a full Accident and Emergency service to the northern part of the Trust."