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Sinn Féin Backing For Social Workers Industrial Action

4 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Sue Ramsey has expressed her support for the industrial action taken by social workers.

Ms Ramsey said:

"The reality is that there is a significant shortfall in the number of social workers needed to deliver the levels of service that are required to meet the level of need in our communities and to fulfil the obligations of the department.

"This means that this vital service is over stretched and workers are under intense pressure and there are increased risks faced by the most vulnerable people in our society. It has also hit recruitment. Social workers are taking on additional responsibilities without additional pay.

"Sinn Féin support the argument that social work grades should be linked to the pay scales of other key health service staff such as community nurses and health visitors. Such developments could act as an incentive to tackle the problems in recruitment and staffing levels." ENDS

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