Upper Bann Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Centrally Held Funds Must Be Released to Health Service

Published: 5 October, 2017

Sinn Fein MLA, John O'Dowd, attended and spoke at the Southern Health Trust public meeting on proposed cuts in Craigavon Hospital last week.

Mr O' Dowd said;

"There is no reason why centrally-led funds cannot be released to help address the pressures on health and education services.

"Sinn Féin have been directly engaging with the Head of the Civil Service over the course of a number of weeks to challenge the planned budget cuts within the Health and Education Services,"

"We have consistently argued that the significant funds which departments have been unable to spend for whatever reason should be released in order to address the pressures facing front-line services.

"I welcome the indications that that may now be set to happen but there are still many questions facing the Department of Health as to why they chose to embark on a divisive consultation process, proposing major cuts to front-line services when alternatives were available.

"It has always been Sinn Féin's position that this was a politically-motivated and cynical exercise and should now be ended."