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‘Madness’ over Irish language affecting health

Sinn Fein allowing “a disagreement about Irish language legislation” to hamper key reforms in our hospitals has been described as “madness,” by the DUP’s Paula Bradley. North Belfast MLA Ms Bradley said the “blame game” over the ongoing political stalemate was irrelevant to those being treated on trollies in the corridors of over-stretched hospitals. “Providing excellent care for sick people requires reform of how services are delivered,” she said. “Bengoa was a road map to developing a more modern, caring and efficient service. Those key reforms are now sitting on the shelf gathering dust. 2017 was entirely lost as an opportunity to advance vital reforms. “Michelle O’Neill cannot walk away from this failure and wasted opportunity. As the [Sinn Fein] minister when Bengoa was finalised, Ms O’Neill was fully briefed of the need, yet she prioritised an Irish language act over those reforms. Was she just running away from taking … Continue reading

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Michelle O’Neill: Stormont must be restored to implement health reforms

<!– –> STORMONT must be restored to tackle the crisis in the health service, Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill has said. Ms O’Neill, who was health minister before Stormont collapsed in January last year, said the service was “on its knees”. Speaking after revelations a patient was forced to wait 49 hours in AE over the Christmas period, Ms O’Neill said the health service must be reformed and the recommendations of her Delivering Together plan, which was announced before the collapse of power-sharing, must be implemented. “For the first time ever I was able to secure political consensus for the plan. All parties need to stay focused on the plan instead of using the current political impasse to score political points,” she said. Ms O’Neill accused other parties of “using the health service as a political football”. “So I’m appealing to all parties to support the continued transformation of … Continue reading

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Beggs questions hospital preparations for winter pressures – Larne …

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has raised questions over whether hospitals across Northern Ireland were as prepared as many of those in the rest of the UK to handle the outbreak of this year’s winter flu. The Ulster Unionist Assemblyman said the winter pressures that Emergency Departments are currently facing “were not entirely unexpected”. “We have an ageing population – the highest user of hospital beds – and rapidly increasing demand which is closely linked to the rising prevalence of long-term conditions right across the population,” Mr Beggs said. He added: “Acute care systems, whether outpatient or inpatient services, acute medical units, EDs, primary care or the ambulance service, are all under a frightening degree of strain right now. “After speaking to medical professionals I warned last October that there were firm indications that this year’s strain of winter flu was likely going to be much more virulent than in … Continue reading

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Sinn Fein must put patients before party politics, warns DUP

Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle ONeill By Suzanne Breen January 4 2018 The DUP is calling on Sinn Fein to “put the needs of patients above the demands of their party” and restore power-sharing to tackle the growing NHS crisis here. Strangford MLA Peter Weir reminded Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill of her promises to prioritise reform when she became health minister. “There has been no reform of the health service because Sinn Fein have placed their party-political demands as a higher priority than growing waiting lists,” he said. “There has been no reform of the health service because Michelle O’Neill walked away from her desk and away from the route map to deliver that reform. “The problems were exacerbated by a finance minister who walked away from his desk without even completing the one job expected of him – to deliver a budget to fund vital public services, … Continue reading

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Sinn Fein must put patients before party politics, warns DUP …

Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle ONeill By Suzanne Breen January 4 2018 The DUP is calling on Sinn Fein to “put the needs of patients above the demands of their party” and restore power-sharing to tackle the growing NHS crisis here. Strangford MLA Peter Weir reminded Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill of her promises to prioritise reform when she became health minister. “There has been no reform of the health service because Sinn Fein have placed their party-political demands as a higher priority than growing waiting lists,” he said. “There has been no reform of the health service because Michelle O’Neill walked away from her desk and away from the route map to deliver that reform. “The problems were exacerbated by a finance minister who walked away from his desk without even completing the one job expected of him – to deliver a budget to fund vital public services, … Continue reading

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