MCKINNEY: WHO IS IN CHARGE AT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH?
Mr McKinney, speaking at the SDLP’s Annual Conference 2014, said:
“The people of Ballycastle aren’t one bit impressed that the Health Minister Jim Wells is saying that he’s worried about the implications to Dalriada. He should be because his words show that he’s not in charge.
“His Parliamentary Assistant is vowing to the people of Bangor that he’ll find the money to keep its minor injury unit open. But who is in charge? The minister is worried about Dalriada and his assistant is worried about Bangor. I believe the civil servants are in charge and Minister Wells is discovering that he’s nothing more than a bird in a gilded cage when it comes to decision making.
“The public are worried over both decisions. We also know that there is not a plan in place for the future of both, just more cuts. Let the minister announce now that he’ll stop the cuts until there is a proper review.
“Let the minister prove that if he is cutting anything, it will be consistent with a long-term plan to improve our HealthService and return proper services to the community. To do that, the minister needs to clarify just who is in charge at the Department of Health.”