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Waiting times for work in patients homes must be tackled – Sinn Féin

1 December, 2008 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin west Belfast MLA and member of the Assembly Health Committee Sue Ramsey has called on the Assembly to support and motion from Sinn Féin scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd) calling on the Minister for health to,

"recognise that there is a lack of occupational therapy services which is adding to the waiting times for assessment and completion of urgent works within patient homes; and further calls on the Minister in conjunction with the Minister for Social Development, to look at ways in which the Housing Executive can carry out minor works."

Speaking ahead of the motion tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd) Ms Ramsey said,

"This motion is calling on the minister to recognise that these works are often taking an unacceptable length of time to be completed; his department must do whatever it can to make this process as speedy and as stress free for patients as possible.

"The motion states clearly that the Housing Executive has a role to play in making this an easier process if they are enabled to carry minor works out without the current level of red tape that exists.

"I call on the Assembly to support our motion." CRÍOCH

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