Northern Ireland Praises Healthcare Workers

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Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey has paid tribute to the healthcare workers who treated the men injured in the recent terrorist attacks.

Speaking after a visit to Antrim Area Hospital, the Minister said: “My sympathy and thoughts are with the victims and their families.

“The dedicated staff at both Antrim and Craigavon Area Hospitals who tended to the victims of these cowardly attacks deserve our highest praise.

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“It is clear that the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service personnel who responded to these incidents acted in an exemplary manner. Within minutes ambulances and rapid response vehicles arrived at both scenes to treat the injured.

“Across the Health Service everyone pulled together and responded courageously to a very difficult and distressing situation, and I would like to thank all staff for their professionalism and expertise.”

He added: “The healthcare workers at Antrim also commended the army personnel who treated the wounded at the scene. Having spoken directly to the staff earlier today, I understand it was almost like a field hospital, and they displayed great skill and professionalism in dealing with this attack. Undoubtedly their excellent first aid skills helped save the lives of both their colleagues and civilians.

“This co-operation represents the future of Northern Ireland, not the return to the past that the perpetrators of the attack want.”

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