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Sinn Féin MLA calls on minister to tackle health inequalities

18 February, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called on the Health Minister to take action on a report into health inequalities throughout the North.   

The Foyle MLA was speaking during an Assembly debate on a report into health inequalities produced by the Health Committee.

 Maeve McLaughlin said:

“Tackling health inequalities must be at the core of delivering health, social care provision and to the Transforming your Care proposals.

“The life expectancy of someone in more affluent areas is around 10 years more than someone in deprived areas. The top three constituencies in terms of health Inequalities are West Belfast, North Belfast and Foyle.

“The development of a new Health & Social Care centre/ campus for Derry is an option the minister should look at. This would be major investment in health and social care in the North West and could go a long way to tackling the inequalities that exist in Foyle.

“The facilities exist in the North West through Project Kelvin Datacentre and its link to North America, the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre at Altnagelvin and Magee University.

“I urge the minister and his department to support the potential of these resources, to develop the concept of a North West Health Science corridor and provide an update on how both this can be advanced.”

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