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Sinn Féin health sector consultation exercise at Stormont a massive success.

4 December, 2008 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Michelle O'Neill MLA (Mid-Ulster) hosted Sinn Féin a major health sector consultation in Stormont today, Thursday the 4th of November at 9.30- 1.00pm. Major providers of care and frontline services along with unions will be attended the event.

Speaking today Ms O Neill said:

"The purpose of the event was to bring together representatives of the health care professions to identify both current and future challenges within the sector. As such the event was a massive success with over 70 groups being represented. There were excellent presentations and wide range of views aired.

"This is only the first of many engagements from Sinn Féin's health team where we will be looking to take the views of those at the coal face of health provision in Ireland and how we, as a party can act upon these views in order to help deliver a first class health system.

"We will now be seeking individual meetings with stake holders to hone in on some of the many prevalent issues touched on today such as the proposed cutting of nearly 700 nursing jobs.

"Representatives from organisations such as Unison, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland and the Royal College of Nursing gave in-depth presentations.

"The overall outcome of this event will also see Sinn Féin having the capability to take on views of a wide range of health care professions and their concerns, informing our policy making though consultation and dialogue with those at the coal face of health provision.

"What is clear from today that there needs to be renewed focus on the Investing for Health strategy which was implemented by the then Sinn Féin Minister Bairbre de Brún. This strategy targeted health inequality, was cross departmental and was a leading light in progressive approaches to tackle the existing inequalities in the health system."

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