TopicalQuestions for the Health Minister today involved him answering questions on Domiciliary Care from Mr G Kelly MLA, Suicide Prevention Strategy from Mr Cathal Boylan, and Child Sexual Exploitation from Mr Fra McCann MLA.
During the Child Sexual Exploitation question Minister Poots said “abuse victim Áine Adams was let down by the RUC, by her uncle Gerry Adams and by the PSNI” and demanded there should be zero tolerance for those who cover up child abuse and also called for the Police Ombudsman to look at the case
The Health minister also challenged SF members who called for the Cardinal to go over clerical abuse to step up to the mark today.
Oral Questions to the Health Minister covered the following topics:
Mr Dominic Bradley asked the Minister “why he has not legislated to protect the health service from privatisation, given that this proposal was endorsed by the Assembly earlier in the year following an SDLP motion”
Mr Poots: “I set out my intentions in response to contributions to the debate on 28 May and again in response to Mr Kelly's question of 17 June. Those intentions have not changed. I will continue to use all the options that are available to me, including the independent sector, to drive down waiting lists and provide the best possible care for our citizens. I will not introduce legislation that would prevent me from responding in a flexible manner to any healthcare issues that might arise. We need to make the changes that are required to improve patient experience and care, and we need to do that in a transparent and sensitive way. I remain committed to doing so”.
Mr Jim Allister asked the Minister, “what progress has been made in bringing the Marie Stopes clinic within regulatory control and accountability requirements”.
The Minister responded with, “I have raised a number of issues with officials about receiving statutory assurance that the law is being adhered to and that the RQIA is fulfilling its statutory