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Health Minister forced to make statement on Swine Flu - Ramsey

24 January, 2011 - by Sue Ramsey



Sinn Féin MLA and member of the health committee at Stomont, Sue Ramsey, has stated that the only way to get the Health Minister to speak on the swine flu crisis was to place a priority question to compel him to come to the floor of the Assembly

Speaking today Ms Ramsey said:

“Following the deaths of 21 people as a result of swine flu within the space of twelve weeks we finally have heard from the Health Minister, Micheal McGimpsey, in the Assembly.

“Unfortunately, he had to be forced by Sinn Féin compelling him following the submission of a urgent oral question.

“Today he has finally accepted that there is a lack of information, he has also accepted that there is a lot of misinformation out there, yet he will still not come forward and make a definitive statement to provide clarity and outline an action plan to the Assembly to deal with this crisis.

“Last year, with two less deaths, the Minister made a public statement on this issue, so what has changed this time around? The reality is that more people may still die due to swine flu over the coming weeks.

“Quite clearly the Minister seems resigned to ride out this term as easily as he can dealing with as little as he can, whether it be addressing with swine flu crisis or taking his budgetary responsibilities on in order to protect front line services.”

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