Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said the health minister needs to initiate a root and branch review of the Health and Social Care system.
“Health has been protected with an additional £200m for 2015/’16 and in the £80m in the monitoring rounds.
“The elephant in the room is whether the current spend is going in the right directions to ensure effective health provision and maximum health outcomes.
“On two separate occasions the Finance Minister referred to concerns around the management of the current health budget.
“It is poor leadership when we are told the minister wants to protect frontline services but then admits there is no definition of frontline. How will the minister protect these services if he does not know what they are?
“Is it any wonder that our Emergency Departments are in crisis when we have not invested in alternative models of preventative care.
“The minister has been deafening in his silence in recent days. He needs to step up to the plate.
“A robust root and branch review of the Health and Social care system is needed. There is over administration, duplication of commissioning and a lack of transparency and accountability in decision making.
“Health cannot stagger from crisis to crisis. The Minister has the opportunity to provide leadership and take tough decisions; he needs to do just that.”