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Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:45 pm on 14th February 2012.

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Photo of Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly Social Democratic and Labour Party 4:45 pm, 14th February 2012

That is good. As he is someone who, I understand, hopes to take up the Health Ministry, I would not want to be in his shoes when he has to oversee the shortfall of £600 million in the health budget, which is a fact and a reality. I certainly hope that whenever you take over that portfolio, Mr Wells, you will ensure that services continue to be delivered at the front line. We all know that the health service is suffering from unfilled vacancies and not enough beds in many of our hospitals. We want to look at the total picture and not just look through rose-tinted glasses, even though it is St Valentine’s Day.