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Sinn Féin welcomes Mental Health/Diabetes Report

4 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson, Upper Bann Assembly member John O Dowd, speaking after the launch of an Action Mental Health and Diabetes UK joint report in the Assembly, welcomed the initiative as being 'timely' and 'extremely informative'.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"This report highlights the fact that a significant percentage of people with mental health illnesses, one of the most excluded groups in our society, also suffer from diabetes. Any initiative, such as today's extremely informative event, which seeks to address the specific problems of those people with a dual diagnosis is to be welcomed and supported."

"In relation to the report's four main recommendations, their publication is quite timely and appropriate, as most political parties and NGO's will be putting the final touches to their various responses to the primary care consultation paper 'Caring For People Beyond Tomorrow'." ENDS

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