‘The turnout at yesterday’s public meetings are a clear sign of just how dire the situation we are all facing is and how understandably fed up the people of Northern Ireland are.
Our health service is already at breaking point and to ask the public how they would like to cut funds is just cruel, and a clear sign that we need an Executive in place as soon as possible.
People are waiting weeks to see their GPs, months for urgent hospital referrals and years for surgeries whilst they suffer in pain; yet Trusts are supposed to cut funds even further? Whilst I acknowledge the need to prioritise services, I do not believe corners should be cut and people’s lives put in danger.
To stop people being admitted to residential homes is just disgraceful. The main people who will suffer as a result of any of these proposals are the most vulnerable in society, and the nurses and doctors stretched to their limits trying to help them. This is not just unacceptable, it is appalling.
These cuts cannot go ahead and we need an Assembly in place to ensure they don’t. Our healthcare service is a system that is already broken and it requires leadership from those who were elected to make these decisions. It’s important that those with the power to form an Executive realise that life altering issues need their attention and consideration, and they need it now.’