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O’Reilly welcomes O’Neill as Health Minister

25 May, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health Louise O’Reilly TD has today welcomed the appointment of Michelle O’Neill MLA as Minister for Health and Social Services in the Northern Executive.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“I welcome the appointment of Michelle O’Neill MLA as Minister for Health and Social Services in the Executive and I look forward to working constructively with Michelle in the articulation of health policy on an all-Ireland basis.

“Reform of our health service is not just about structures but about culture. I hope that the appointment of Michelle as Minister for Health in the North will entrench a culture of further all-island cooperation in this area which will move the island to a genuine public health model that is based on targeting health inequalities.

“Sinn Féin believes healthcare must be developed on an all-Ireland basis. We believe that we should move from increased cooperation to ultimately full integration of services on the island, maximising the healthcare benefits for all and achieving greater economies of scale.

“The past decade has seen some developments in health cooperation between the Assembly and Leinster House, with a number of exciting joint departmental projects being developed including work on shared radiotherapy and paediatric cardiac services; health promotion focusing on alcohol, tobacco and obesity; cancer research; mental health; and suicide prevention. It is my hope that we will now continue work in this area.

“I will be meeting Michelle in the upcoming period to discuss all-Ireland healthcare and, as part of the new Oireachtas committee to develop a 10 year vision for health, I will be proposing that an invitation is extended to her to make a presentation so that this important aspect of health policy is not excluded.” 

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