McLaughlin calls for new health minister as soon as possible
Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called for the new health minister to be appointed as soon as possible.
The chair of the Assembly's health committee said;
"I had called for outgoing health minister Jim Wells to come before the health committee to explain his outrageous and offensive remarks against the gay community made at a hustings event last week.
"Following the announcement of his resignation, it is my understanding that he will not be attending the committee as previously arranged.
"I would call on the DUP to announce his successor as soon as possible as any delay in the appointment of a new minister for this important brief is not acceptable.
"Health cannot be left to drift with no one at the helm.
"It is also important that we see a change of policy rather than just a personality from the DUP so that we genuinely have provision for health is open and accessible to all.”