Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed a commitment from the health minister to bring forward plans for reform of the health and social care system.
“Sinn Féin has been calling for the reform of the health and social care system for a number of years to improve the health service for everyone.
“I wrote to the minister asking him to outline his plans for reform of the system to meet the challenges we are currently facing and he has now responded saying he intends to outline his plans shortly.
“There is a clear need for structural reform to address the duplication and confusion in the system.
“The minister needs to tackle the tiers in the service and ensure that bureaucracy does not come before the needs of patients.
“I welcome that commitment and look forward to hearing the minister’s proposals.”