24 August 2017
After trust meetings on cuts to the health service today, former Health Minister Edwin Poots has called on parties to work together to take a proactive approach to helping our health system.
The Lagan Valley MLA, Edwin Poots said, "Some of the suggestions for savings from health trusts are alarming, and my colleagues and I will be taking time to study them in detail over the next few days.
The DUP is willing to be around the Executive table tomorrow, taking much-needed decisions and trying a chart a way through the challenges.
It is clear for all to see that a region can’t have an absence of Government without there being consequences. Jumping up and down at meetings and trying to play to the gallery isn’t going to have the necessary effect, and the public see through it. What is required is a Government, and firm action by Government Ministers.
Sinn Fein failed to bring forward a budget before they collapsed the Executive, and desperately needed health reforms have been stymied over the last year.
I recognise at this point in the calendar there are only limited areas where cash savings can be found in-year. The DUP will do all we can to seek to ensure the public and particularly our most vulnerable are protected. Colleagues have been in contact with their relevant Trust Chief Executives, and a DUP party delegation will meet with the Permanent Secretary in the Department of Health next week."