Councillor McGinley said:
“As a local authority which caters for 150,000 citizens Derry City and Strabane District Council should be part of any deliberations around the health and wellbeing of our communities.
In the context of the One Plan & Community Planning process this Council has a wealth of information which would be of use in informing the commissioning of health & social care services.
Sinn Féin would have serious concerns on how care is presently delivered to our communities and Council should have a say on future structures and quality of health and provision.
There has to be a more effective way of commissioning services – at present there is significant duplication across all the bodies charged with this responsibility.
We would encourage Council to engage in the consultation on commissioning arrangements and to highlight the importance of raising health standards and reducing health inequalities in a far more strategic and productive manner than is currently the case.”