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Poots found wanting once again in delivering his duties as a Minister for all - McLaughlin

21 November, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin who is also the chair of the Health Committee has called on  Edwin Poots to face up to his responsibilities as Health Minister.

 Speaking today following the release of a detailed court ruling on the Health Minister's failure to consider a trade unionist for a position on the Social Care Council Ms McLaughlin said:

 “There is growing concern about the manner in which the Health Minister Edwin Poots is carrying out his duties as Health Minister.

 “The release of information on the court ruling in March that Edwin Poots had acted unlawfully in his failure to consider a senior Trade Union representative for a position of the Social Care Council has again cast a serious doubt about the capacity of the Health Minister to act as a  Minister for everyone.

“The judge has stated the Trade Unions were excluded as the were identified “as a particular class”.

“36% of employees within the North are Trade Union members. This is a significant section of our community who will now be viewing the decision by the Health Minister as discriminating against them as a sector.

"Edwin Poots has  been on the wrong side of of several court rulings in the past year on matters of significant public interest and concern.

"The Health Committee has a responsibility to hold the Minister to account. 

"The Committee also has a responsibility to ensure that discrimination can have no place in the decision making processes of the Health Minister or the Health Department.

"I intend to ensure that the Minister is brought once again to the Health Committee and challenged about the implementation of policy decisions on the basis of his private and personal opinions."

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