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Sinn Féin delegation to meet direct rule health minister

3 February, 2004

A Sinn Féin delegation led by party Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA Cllr John O'Dowd and Spokesperson on Children's Issues, Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Cllr Thomas O'Reilly will meet direct rule Health Minister Angela Smith today, Tuesday 3rd February 2004, at 4.30pm in Castle Buildings.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Cllr O'Dowd said:

"Sinn Fein will raise a number of issues with Angela Smith. There is widespread concern that the accountability deficit that has opened up is affecting the implementation of key service developments throughout the Health Care system.

"In particular there is concern that many of the key elements of the 'Developing Better Services' policy that focus on the Health Care Structures as opposed to hospital sites, have slipped off the agenda. This is bad not just for our health care system and the development of better services but also for people who rely on these services."ENDS

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