Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has encouraged the public to oppose proposed cuts to health service before the formal consultation process closes on Thursday, October 5th.
“The proposed cuts will impact the delivery of frontline services and acutely affect the most vulnerable in our society,” the East Derry MLA commented.
“I would urge everyone with concerns to ensure these are reflected by responding to the consultation before it closes.
“Sinn Féin have also made it very clear that we believe these cuts are unnecessary and have called for centrally-held funds which other departments have been unable to spend for whatever reason, to be released in order to address the pressures facing front-line services.
“There are indications that may now be set to happen but there are still many questions facing the Department of Health as to why they chose to embark on such a divisive consultation process, proposing major cuts to front-line services when alternatives were available.
“It has always been Sinn Féin’s position that this was a politically-motivated and cynical exercise and it should now be ended.
“The Department should re-evaluate their overall financial position, clarify that front-line services will be protected and return to the transformation agenda set out by Michelle O’Neill as Health Minister.”