新芬黨的Colm Gildernew說，他支持適當規劃的轉型，但它必須是 "在與衛生界人士、社區、工人等所有這些方面共同生產的基礎上"。
"There is no such thing as the general surgeon any more. General surgery has become very sub-specialised. We know from all the evidence that centres of high volume with all the facets surrounding the delivery of emergency surgery, you get better outcomes," he said.
He agrees the people of Fermanagh have "every right to be anxious", however he assured viewers this is not a closure of the emergency department, nor a removal of acute hospital status.
"This is the four to five people per day who currently come to SWAH with an acute general surgical problem, only one of those may require an operation. They will not get the operation currently in the SWAH because of the manpower crisis and they will have to transfer," he explained.
"Quite often throughout Northern Ireland it is several hours before you get to theatre without any harm or consequence," he said.
Also appearing on the programme, DUP's Deborah Erskine said she thought the creation of an elective surgical hub would secure the future of the hospital. But she said she was concerned by how the removal of general surgery had been messaged to the public.
Sinn Féin's Colm Gildernew said he supported properly planned transformation but it has to be "on the basis of co-production with people in health, communities, workers, all of those".
"The thing I'm most concerned about is that I had staff who got in touch with me yesterday who did not know this news until it broke on the media."