Steven Parkhill, UKIP’s East Londonderry assembly candidate has questioned the ability of the DUP when it comes to health and social well-being.
Parkhill says “The announcement that the Four Seasons care home in Garvagh will definitely close is a heartbreaking blow to the local area, staff and residents.
Financial problems and pressures within Terra Firma and Four Seasons have been reported in the national media since May 2015. It shows a clear lack of ability for the DUP’s Simon Hamilton in his role of Health Minister that he was caught unaware of these problems, a capable Health Minister would have provided additional funding to Terra Firma/Four Seasons from the government, or at least had the common sense to formulate a contingency plan.
The DUP are also failing when it comes to tackling waiting lists in our NHS, recent figures highlight that a staggering 2,723 people are waiting longer than the Government target of 18 weeks for a first appointment. I find it absolutely ridiculous that under this Executive the public are being so badly let down when it comes to health and social well-being.
In light of the clear inadequacy of the health minister, can the three DUP MLA’s for East Londonderry, Messrs Campbell, McQuillan and Robinson, not have a word with Simon Hamilton, or is it a case of party first, people second?”