Sinn Féin table emergency Assembly question on Swine Flu response
Sinn Féin Assembly Health Committee member Sue Ramsey MLA has said her party have today tabled an emergency question in the Assembly on what measures Michael McGimpsey has taken in response to recent Swine Flu deaths in the North.
Speaking from the Assembly Ms Ramsey said;
“So far we have seen nor heard very little from the Minister in relation to this matter so I am glad our question will force him to the floor of the Assembly for members to scrutinise the ongoing failings within his department.
Many parents of young children are particularly concerned about this matter and we need to hear clearly from the Minister what measures he has taken in response to recent deaths; for example what discussion has he had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and more importantly is he minded to widen the policy for vaccination to include all children under five years old.
Michael McGimpsey might seek to have a semi-detached relationship with the Executive and Assembly but for our part we will ensure that he cannot dodge the important question to which people urgently want answers.” CRÍOCH
NOTES TO EDITORS: The text of the Sinn Féin questions:
MONDAY 17 JANUARY 2011
QUESTION FOR URGENT ORAL ANSWER
To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in light of recent deaths associated with swine flu and the public concern around arrangements for vaccination, what discussions he has had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and whether he is minded to widen the policy for vaccination to include all children under 5 years old.
[Ms S Ramsey]