Is Client Council decision a sign of things to come?
Published: 13 Sep 2012 14:300 comments
Already at loggerheads over where the new headquarters for the amalgamated 2015 Council will be located, Fermanagh has been snubbed in favour of a Patient Client Council (PCC) roadshow in the Tyrone County town later this year.
And Fermanagh District Councillors were lamenting the PCC's "refusal to acknowledge that Fermanagh even exists" during their latest monthly meeting.
The roadshows have been organised to provide an opportunity for members to share their views with those responsible for the implementation of changes to Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland.
Due to take place on November 7, the closest roadshow meeting to Fermanagh is planned for the Tara Centre in Omagh.
And it seems the move has only served to add insult to injury for those who believe Fermanagh should have the chance to facilitate its own meeting.
Ulster Unionist Councillor, Raymond Farrell raised the issue in the Chamber.
He said he had written to the PCC expressing his dissatisfaction at their decision.
"I have been told that they will help and assist with travel expenses for anybody from Fermanagh who wishes to come to Omagh's meeting."
But Councillors found this far for suffice.
"It should be in Fermanagh, they are supposed to be 'our voice' on Health and Social Care," said DUP Councillor, Bert Johnston, "It is unfair that they should treat us in such a way."
According to Mr Farrell, the PCC have taken the decision to work their roadshows on a "rotational basis" between Omagh and Fermanagh from now on.
"I was disappointed that Fermanagh didn't get its own opportunity," he later told The Impartial Reporter, "Considering we have a new £276 million hospital here.
"Promoting and highlighting Fermanagh is something that we need to continually be on the front foot about. The County has significant disadvantages in terms of deprivation levels. And where there is deprivation there is an impact on people's health, physically and mentally. So we can't take our eye off the ball in order to ensure that Fermanagh gets its fair share of opportunities."
Sinn Fein Councillor, Brian McCaffrey said the offer of covering travel expenses was not acceptable.
"It's not an issue of the PCC providing travel expenses for people -- it's an issue of recognising the people of Fermanagh within their own right. We are entitled to exactly the same services. God help us if they are our representatives and they can't give us the services that we are supposed to be entitled to. It doesn't give out a good message at all."
And DUP's Alison Brimstone questioned the prudence in paying for travel expenses rather than allowing Fermanagh to facilitate its own meeting.
"I see this as their refusal to acknowledge that Fermanagh even exists," she said.
Councillors agreed that a letter should be sent to the PCC, questioning the move and the prudence on paying for travel expenses.
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Roundup section
10 Mar 2014 21:39
Ballinamallard made their exit from the Setanta Cup with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of reigning Airtricity League champions St. Pat's Athletic tonight.
10 Mar 2014 19:00
A crook’s car has become a police car.
10 Mar 2014 17:00
The Department of Regional Development is to spend £2.26 million on carrying out structural maintenance on roads in Fermanagh.
10 Mar 2014 15:02
The Green Party has announced that Laurence Speight, from Derrygonnelly, is to stand for election to the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in May's election.
10 Mar 2014 13:00
CEREBRAL Palsy sufferer, Sarah Griffith, from Aghadrumsee will take on the challenge of a lifetime in two hours time when she begins her two mile walk around the Lakeland Forum Race Track.
10 Mar 2014 11:30
THE Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has said “all that can be done is being done” in reducing the risk of further flooding in Fermanagh.
10 Mar 2014 10:00 • Julie Kenwell
THE final countdown is on for South West Acute Hospital’s (SWAH) transition to an entirely smoke-free site on March 12.
9 Mar 2014 22:00 • Rodney Edwards
THERE is a “very strong possibility” that human trafficking is taking place in Fermanagh.
9 Mar 2014 19:30 • Lily Dane
A geophysical survey will be completed over coming weeks on the Queen Anne site at Castle Coole, Enniskillen, where a newly opened Lake Walk extension, lined with captivating snowdrops, is proving a welcome development.
9 Mar 2014 16:02
Fermanagh's goal now will be to avoid relegation after defeat to Roscommon today at Brewster Park ended any hopes of promotion.
9 Mar 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department
SINN Fein Councillor Stephen Huggett said he hoped a fellow councillor would place a ‘bomb’ underneath the Housing Executive during a meeting of Fermanagh District Council.
9 Mar 2014 11:30 • Lily Dane
Sheelin Lace London, which recently opened in the capital city, is an expansion of the specialised Fermanagh business, Sheelin Lace.
9 Mar 2014 09:00 • Editorial Department
A 26-year-old disqualified driver who narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian while fleeing from police has been warned he could be jailed for 10 months.
8 Mar 2014 19:00 • Editorial Department
Roscommon come calling to Enniskillen this Sunday and put their 100 percent record on the line against a Fermanagh side who will still be reeling from last weekend’s defeat to Longford in which they threw away a nine point lead at Pearse Park.
8 Mar 2014 17:30
Cliftonville proved too strong for Ballinamallard at Solitude today as they ran out 5-0 winners to maintain their push to retain the Gibson Cup.
8 Mar 2014 15:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
The news that the Education Minister John O’Dowd has accepted Enniskillen Integrated Primary School’s Development Proposal, allowing an increase in year one pupils from 30-56, was being celebrated in style last Friday.
8 Mar 2014 13:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
There were emotional scenes in a Derrylin hair salon last Friday as 10-year-old Katie Corrigan had 10 inches of her beautiful blonde hair cut off.
8 Mar 2014 10:00 • Brian Donaldson
With the 100th anniversary of the First World War being commemorated this year, there are many events throughout the county to mark this historic event.
7 Mar 2014 22:05
Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath has made two changes to his starting team from the side that started against Longford against last Sunday