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Health Minister should get on with presenting his proposals on scrapping Prescription charges.

25 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Michelle O'Neill MLA (Mid-Ulster) has called on Health Minister Michael McGimpsey to get on with implementing his proposals on scrapping prescription charges and stop using the issue as a political prop to attract media headlines.

Michelle O'Neill said:

"In the course of an interview on Radio Ulster yesterday, Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey claimed that he has proposals already costed that would allow him to scrap prescription charges but that he wanted to put them to the Executive first. After admitting in the course of the interview that he can act without presenting them to the Executive he went on to blame the absence of Executive meetings for the delay in implementing his proposals.

"Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness pointed out last week that Ministers do not need the approval of the full Executive to introduce measures aimed at reducing the 'Household burden'. The Health Minister knows the procedures through which he can act and rather than politicing around such a sensitive issue as the affordability of people to access proper healthcare Mr. McGimpsey should get on with it and produce his proposals.


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