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Surprise at lack of political response to consultation on Primary Care

12 October, 2005

Sinn Féin health spokesperson, John O'Dowd, MLA has expressed surprise
that none of the other political parties in the Six Counties appear to
have formally responded to a major government consultation on the future
of Primary Health Care Services.

Assembly member O'Dowd said, "The 'Caring For People Beyond Tomorrow'
consultation was essentially about putting in place a strategy for primary
care services over the next two decades. Indeed, primary care services
account for 90% of the activity within the North's health and social care
system. As such, these services have a major impact of the lives of almost
everyone in the Six Counties.

"Many people will be surprised to learn, therefore, that with the
exception of Sinn Féin, no other party has been included in the list of
all those organizations which responded to the original consultation. This
obviously raises questions about the sincerity of those other political
parties in relation to health issues, and of their commitment to ensuring
the future delivery of effective primary health and social care services."

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