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Loss of Nursing Posts

Part of Private Members’ Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 6:30 pm on 20th April 2009.

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Photo of Basil McCrea Basil McCrea UUP 6:30 pm, 20th April 2009

OK, perhaps Sinn Fein does not want to increase taxes. However, that party demands fiscal responsibility, so if it wants more money for the Health Service, it will have to fight for it.

I listened to the Alliance Party come out with more motherhood and apple pie and promises of how it would make cuts. However, not one example was given. All I hear is political immaturity. It is time for people to get — [Interruption.]

It is not often that I cannot command the Floor, but the Alliance Party is doing its best to prevent me from doing so. When it comes to the issue, we, as 108 MLAs, will collectively have to start making tough decisions. It is absolutely appropriate that when cuts of 3% across the board must be made, there will have to be change. Members need to recognise that.

I conclude by rejecting the terrible position that the DUP has taken.