SDLP call for urgent meeting over health ‘crisis’

Health Minister Simon Hamilton is part of the DUP strategy of rolling resignations
Health Minister Simon Hamilton is part of the DUP strategy of rolling resignations

A call has been made to convene an urgent meeting of Stormont’s health committee, over the fact that the department has no full-time minister.

DUP ministers are currently engaging in a policy of rolling resignations in protest at the crisis in Stormont, with its ministers – including Health Minister Simon Hamilton – taking their seats and then leaving them again almost immediately.

SDLP health spokesman Fearghal McKinney said: “I’ve called for an emergency meeting of the health committee to deal with the critical situation unfolding in our health service as a result of a crisis in patient waiting times and the absentee minister.

“Without a minister to provide strategic direction to clinicians and staff, it’s imperative that the rest of us step up to the mark and stand up for patients.”

TUV vice-chairman Richard Cairns said that the current scenario is “ridiculous” and “would not be tolerated in Great Britain”.