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“Health Department efficiency report five months late”. O’Neill

25 May, 2010 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Michelle O’Neill MLA (Mid-Ulster), vice-Chair of the Health Committee, has strongly criticized Minister Michael McGimpsey over his five month delay in bringing his proposals on efficiency savings to the Scrutiny Committee.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“I find it unacceptable that five months after all other Executive Ministers brought forward their proposals for efficiency savings to their respective committees Michael McGimpsey is only doing so today.

“Whatever about the financial efficiency measures he needs to take, I think he needs to take a serious look at how efficiently he is running the Department. There is no excuse for his stonewalling the Health Committee for five months. Mr. McGimpsey needs to realise that scrutiny committees are there to ensure proper accountability of departments and the Health Department is not immune from that exercise.

“The Minister was requested to bring forward his proposals for scrutiny on a number of occasions and he failed to do so. Mr. McGimpsey’s arrogant disregard for the integrity of the committee process is unacceptable and I will be putting forward probing questions when his Officials appear before the Health Committee on Thursday. Although a majority on the Committee agreed to the Minister’s request for his appearance before the Committee today be held ‘in-camera’ I believe this to be less than desirable – the Minister’s discussions with the Committee today should be a matter of public record so that he can explain in an open and transparent manner the reason for his five month delay in bringing forward his proposals.” ENDS

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