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McGuinness responds to comments from Health Minister

17 February, 2011

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has reacted angrily to comments made by the Minister for Health Michael McGimpsey on the media this evening.

Speaking tonight Martin said;

“Michael McGimpsey has continually used the Health Service in a cynical attempt to undermine the Executive; he was and remains a semi-detached member of these institutions.

The community are rapidly loosing confidence in his ability to run the department as it lurches from one crisis to another.

The reality is that Michael McGimpsey has sat on numerous Executive papers, including cross-border papers, which would deliver significant efficiencies and savings. Instead he constantly looks to his Executive colleagues to continue and bail him out.

This is all the while ignoring it is his partners in the Tory party, the party whose manifesto of cuts he signed up to and campaigned under at the last election, who are responsible for slashing £4 Billion from the Block Grant.

We will not be lectured on this matter by Michael McGimpsey.” CRÍOCH

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