A LOCAL councillor has called on Health Minister, Robin Swann, to consider establishing a women's health hub in the local area.  

Sinn Fein councillor, Noleen Hayes, was speaking at Tuesday night's Council meeting, and suggested South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) as a possible location for the hub. 

A letter on issues around women's health was previously sent to the the Department of Health, with particular concerns raised about the fact that in Lisnaskea Health Centre there is only one GP who specialises in women’s health. 

However, no response was received and councillor Hayes said that as a Minister was now in place, questions on women's health provision could again be put to him. 

"Now that we have a Minister in place, we can put the same questions directly to him," she said. 

"We could ask him, in his delegations in his budget, to put womens health, specifically a women's health centre in Lisnaskea and GP elective services, as a priority. 

"Perhaps he could consider it as part of a plan for a Women's Health Hub in the district, maybe at the SWAH."

The proposal was seconded by Independent councillor, Josephine Deehan. 

Debbie Coyle, then proposed that the council roll out 'Gender Equality Training' to all councillors and staff.

"Slightly different, bit still in relation to women because we are not getting any response from the Minister regarding the women's facility," she said. "On the back of that, I would like to say that we have come a long way as women in terms of equality, but we still have ways to go.

"I propose that the Council offers gender equality training to all councillors and staff."

This was seconded by Councillor Hayes.