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Library service for hospitals cut

19 July, 2005

Sinn Fein Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson has spoken on the Radio today expressing his outrage at the denial of Library Services to the sick and disabled in Hospitals. This is he said indicative of the British Government's approach to Education Provision across the north and across all departments.

Commenting upon the cuts he said.

" These cuts are inhumane and will have an adverse impact on the long term ill, the disabled those in rehabilitation units and those with no families, relatives or friends to visit.

Compare these cuts with the announcement by Ruth Kelly Education Secretary of £460 Million to extended school projects in England and Wales. Compare this with additional budget for increased tuition literacy for 44.000 children and more numracy tuition for 57.000 children in England and Wales. We should not allow our children to be treated differently.

This Government needs to get real about Education and provide a Real Budget to support Education and Learning. The cost of Direct Rule is too high to pay!".

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