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03 July 2012

Health Minister Edwin Poots congratulates Willowbank on 50 years of service

Edwin Poots Visteed Willowbank Community Resource Centre


Willowbank on 50 years of service

Health Minister Edwin Poots visited Willowbank Community Resource Centre in Dungannon to view the work that is undertaken in partnership with people with disabilities.

Speaking at Willowbank, Minister Poots said: “Willowbank has a long history of delivering for people with disabilities. I have been impressed by the dedication of the staff and the determination of the clients as they strive to manage their disabilities. It is particularly fitting that I visit during Willowbank’s 50 years in operation celebrations.

“I am committed to a sustainable health care system that delivers for everyone in Northern Ireland and patients will always be my priority.

"Last June I initiated a major review of our Health and Social Care system to examine the future provision of services and ensure we had a safe, resilient and sustainable system for the long term. The report of the review of Health and Social Care services “Transforming Your Care”, which was launched in December 2011, is the blueprint for a health and social care system where patients will receive the right care in the right place at the right time and by the right people.”

The Minister launched the Department of Health, ‘Quality Strategy – Quality 2020’ in November last year to create a new framework and plan of action to protect and improve quality in health and social care over the next 10 years and beyond. The Minister said he was pleased that Ann McGlone CEO of Willowbank Ltd had accepted his invitation to sit on the steering group that will over see this initiative.

The Minister concluded: “Willowbank is a good example of a service that is driven by people. This is integral to my vision for real partnership between health and social care agencies and those who use our services.”

Ann McGlone

Willowbank Community Resource Centre

Carland Road, Dungannon, BT71 4AA

Tel 028 87 722821 x 3860

Willowbank Ltd; Company No. NI 18259; Charity No. XT15006; RQIA Reg. No.10711

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