Single issue candidates can be successful

According to this report on the BBC, the SDLP are considering standing aside in the West Tyrone contest for Westminster to give the Independent candidate Kieran Deeny a clearer run against the “absentee MP”, Sinn Féin’s Pat Doherty. As another successful single issue candidate stated recently – “As soon as voters realise that a vote for the independent candidate is not a wasted vote they will flock to the cause – if only to register their frustration with the current political scene.” – one thing’s certain, there is plenty of frustration with the current political scene here.

  • Tim Roll-Pickering

    Rather an about turn from when Deeny formed his own party and SDLP West Tryone MLA Eugene McMenamin said: “Kieran Deeny has no need to start a new party to fight the de-Bruin-Brown decision. That party already exists, and its name is the SDLP.”

    If the Unionists also withdraw in Deeny’s failure, could we see the seeming impossible – an MP from the middle block?

  • ulsterman

    Did that doctor in England actually manage to save his hospital?.

  • Henry94

    Could we term the SDLP’s decision “The Retreat From Stailingrad?”

  • lámh dearg

    Ulsterman asks,

    Did that doctor in England actually manage to save his hospital?.

    No, he didn’t. Kidderminster Hospital has been downgraded as will Tyrone County be.

    Even if Dr Deeney wins 99% of the vote. Tyrone County Hospital is just no longer sustainable in the medium term. It’s just too small with too few patients in its catchment area. It past its sell-by date 10 – 15 years ago.

  • Fermanagh Young Unionist

    I think that is is a good idea putting the new hospital in Enniskillen but dont be too harsh on Tyrone hospital – if it hadnt been there August 1998 there probably would have been a lot more than 29 dead

  • lámh dearg

    FYU

    Remember that it’s debateable if even one hospital in the South West is viable given the population figures and the tendency of Tyrone patients to go elsewhere for hospital care.

    But the sooner it happens the better for everyone.

  • SR

    Kieran Deeney is yet another pawn in the lets stick it to sinn fein game. Dr Deeney has been adopted by the anti Sinn Fein elements and has been manipulated into standing in Tyrone and cutting SF’s vote. Of course the SDLP will stand down for him, they are on the way out anyway and not capable of obtaining any decent mandate in this area.
    Dr Deeny stated he initially stood for election to save the Tyrone County Hospital (TCH). Since then Sperrin Lakeland trust, (SLT) have gone ahead and bought land for the new hospital and Dr Deeney has not prevented this.
    The decision to do away with the TCH was made quite a few years ago and reinforced by; the unionist population who would not use Free State hospitals, and, the Free State minister who would not help in the initial consultation (M.Martin).
    If Dr Deeney believes after the recent events SLT and the Health Department will reconsider their position, he could do with prescribing himself some good antipsychotic medication

  • lámh dearg

    SR

    What a bizarre post! Perhaps you should be taking the antipsychotics for your paranoia.

    Dr Deeney is passionate about saving a hospital, misguided in my view but simple in his devotion to this single issue.

    The idea that he is part of some anti SF plot reveals more about SF paranoia and delusions of grandeur than anything else.

  • SR

    First of all, linking my post to that of a SF supporter is wrong lámh dearg, and secondly Dr Deeney has in the past been liasing with the RUC and RC clergy in the Carrickmore area, to me if some one has links to organisations who are against SF I would tend to believe they have a shared agenda, (even though Mr Adams has started advocating for the RUC!!).
    The point I was trying to make was, that Dr Deeney, somewhat like the McCartney sisters is being used for a purpose other than that which they state.
    If Dr Deeney was passonate about saving the TCH why did he not get involved years ago when the fate of the TCH was being decided?

  • SR

    First of all, linking my post to that of a SF supporter is wrong lámh dearg, and secondly Dr Deeney has in the past been liasing with the RUC and RC clergy in the Carrickmore area, to me if some one has links to organisations who are against SF I would tend to believe they have a shared agenda, (even though Mr Adams has started advocating for the RUC!!).
    The point I was trying to make was, that Dr Deeney, somewhat like the McCartney sisters is being used for a purpose other than that which they state.
    If Dr Deeney was passionate about saving the TCH why did he not get involved years ago when the fate of the TCH was being decided?

  • lámh dearg

    SR

    I don’t know what you mean by “liaising” (sp) with the “RUC” means. Dr Deeney is a GP in Carrickmore, it would be impossible for him to do his job and serve his patients without occasional cooperation with the PSNI.

    He has been involved in trying to save the TCH for years before entering the prominent political field by working with various Health Board structures.

    Your post does show the RM paranoia, (sorry if SF aren’t green enough for you), “anyone who isn’t 100% with us must be a securocrat stooge”

    And finally, and even more sadly, it is disheartening that a thread about an issue which is genuinely cross community and not party political is twisted yet again into our narrow tribal confines. There is a serious issue at the heart of this thread about the future development and infrastructure of our health service and the impact that will have on all the people of Northern Ireland.

    But no, let’s get back to the important issues, green or orange, how green or how orange,prod or taig.

    God it’s sad and pitifully depressing

  • SR

    If you read my first post you will find that I am against Dr Deeney on the grounds that he stood as a MLA so as to prevent the hospital being ‘downgraded’ and has been unable to do so. In fact since he has been a MLA I have pointed out that the Sperrin Lakeland Trust has gone ahead and purchased land for the new hospital, and still Dr Deeney feels the need to stand in a Westminster election.
    I only pointed out the fact that Dr Deeney is quick to state on his literature that he has been asked by a number of people to stand in the forth coming elections, but he does not say who has asked him.
    You are quite right that the hospital is cross community – yet those on the Unionist/Loyalist side don’t back the good Dr.
    The closure of the TCH might affect me more than it does you as I work there and my livelihood is under threat, and I certainly feel that a GP with limited support is just not going to save it. I am a realist its time people like lámh dearg got off their high moral horse and started looking at the facts!
    And regarding my spelling I apologise.

  • lámh dearg

    SR

    Good luck in your career wherever it takes you.

    If you work in TCH you must have seen the inevitable coming. It is just too small, cannot attract the staff and could never have enough workload to employ enough staff to comply with the European Working Time Directive.
    The days of two surgeons, two physicians and two anaesthetists running a hospital and tackling whatever comes through the door have gone. Nowadays a patient with breast cancer deserves and expects to be treated by a breast cancer specialist who deals with scores of breast cancers every year, and likewise for people with prostate problems or bowel cancer or whatever. And that does give better care with better survival rates but at the cost of more travel for patients.

    I worry that the understandable loyalty to the physical TCH leads its supporters to fight the wrong battle. It will not be possible to have a “full” hospital with full A&E, inpatient beds etc. but you should be demanding (because you are entitled to have) the full range of modern services, most of them delivered in Omagh as day case procedures with a better ambulance service and better roads so that when you do have to travel for care it is easier and quicker.

  • SR

    well lámh dearg, you are right the hospital has been unsustainable but alot has to do with the inability to attract consultants -Fermanagh gives better access to recreation and Free State hospitals were more money can be made.
    I agree that a better ambulance service and a much better road infrastructure is needed.
    I believe that the Fermanagh/Tyrone area does not need two hospitals,(all that is needed is a decent A&E) but the powers that be talk of no one being more than one hour from a hospital, well I live more than one hour away from hospital – even if I break the speed limits!!
    And again I reiterate – there is no justifiable reason for Dr Deeney to stand in the upcoming election.

  • lámh dearg

    I am not a supporter of his political career either, but I believe that it is an honest but misguided move on his part rather than part of some part political conspiracy.

    I always thought Ballygawly roundabout would be the best location for a new hospital.