McLaughlin welcomes inclusion of addiction treatment in health plan
Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the fact that plans to deal with substance misuse are in the health department's commissioning plan for 2015/16.
The chair of the Assembly's health committee said;
"The problems associated with substance misuse and addiction impact on all of our communities and must be addressed by the health minister.
"I raised concerns about the fact that plans to deal with addiction were not initially included in the the minister's commissioning plan for 2015/16.
"Following my concerns and in response to a question I asked the minister in the Assembly, Jim Wells has confirmed that substance misuse and addiction measures will now be included in that plan.
"But it raises the question of why they were not included in the first place? It calls the minister's seriousness in dealing with this important issue into question.
"Jim Wells, through his actions, must now demonstrate his commitment to dealing with the problems of addiction by implementing this plan."