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Not enough staff to reopen closed wards

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WARD closures will continue at the hospital with Health and Social Services now unable to recruit enough people to staff them.

WARD closures will continue at the hospital with Health and Social Services now unable to recruit enough people to staff them.

The department held an emergency meeting with staff on Wednesday, before confirming yesterday it was working to change the layout in the wards that are still open to maximise bed numbers.

The department has money available, but has failed in efforts to attract enough qualified nurses to open the two wards that were closed at the end of November in a last-ditch bid to cap a £2.5m. overspend.

A spokesman has warned that some operations may be delayed, but it was unclear what the exact impact would be at this stage.

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