Sinn Féin welcomes £40 million for health
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has welcomed the public confirmation of a £40 million cash injection for the health.
The Sinn Féin health spokesperson said:
“Sinn Féin has argued for some time the Department of Health was aware that additional resources were available.
“We welcome the allocation of an additional £40m.
“This money should have been released to address some of the pressures on health without resorting to cuts and the farcical consultation process, which is now meaningless.
“It has always been our view these cuts were unnecessary and the consultation was a cynical exercise, which only succeeded in creating division and concern within the wider community.
"People responded to a consultation process based on pressures of £70m facing HSC services. Today's cash injection of £40m for health significantly changes the circumstances in which the public consultation was held.
“Given the changed financial circumstances Trusts cannot, and should not, make recommendations to the Department of Health without a full comprehensive consultation process on a new set of proposals, which fulfils its Section 75 obligations under its Equality Scheme.”