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Sinn Féin to host health sector consultation exercise at Stormont

3 December, 2008 - by Michelle O'Neill

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

Speaking today Ms O Neill said:

"The purpose of the event is to bring together representatives of the health care professions to identify both current and future challenges within the sector.

"Sinn Féin hope to provide a forum where a number of speakers including representatives from Unison, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland and the BMA, address different perspectives of health, social services and public safety, and are able to outline key issues in their field which should be of a priority to us as a party.

"We will also be extending a wider invitation to groups and workers from within the sector to come to the conference and provide feedback and generate discussion after the presentations. So far there has been immense uptake with over 50 groups sending representatives.

"The overall outcome of this event will 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."

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