Gildernew concern as Brexit conference pulled
Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has expressed concern and disappointment after a major conference on the health system’s preparation for Brexit was cancelled for a second time.
The party’s spokesperson for carers and well-being was commenting following the latest postponement of the conference organised by NICON - the Confederation for Health and Social Care organisations here.
The Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA said: "This is the second time this important conference on Brexit preparations within health and social care has been postponed due to a lack of clarity on the Brexit position.
"This time the conference seems to have been postponed indefinitely.
"The very lack of clarity around Brexit emphasises the need for such public discussions to take place.
"I have consistently tried to engage with the Department of Health in meaningful discussions regarding its plans for Brexit but only vague and cumbersome responses have been forthcoming.
"This has been the approach taken by the department generally, and it is a frustration that has been raised with us by a number of groups in the health and social care sector.
"The NICON conference would have been an important platform to have these discussions and to hold the department to account. The decision not to go ahead with it is a mistake.
"I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Department of Health to determine what, if any, meaningful engagement they are having with the sector to update them on Brexit preparedness plans."