Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 19th March 2013.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:45 pm, 19th March 2013

One of the important issues for me is the potential knock-on effect for other services.  It may not just be the paediatric congenital cardiac surgery that is affected as a result of not providing that service in Belfast.  We have to take all of that into account and take cognisance of it.

First and foremost in all of that, we will be looking at what is in the best interests of the children and how we can provide the best possible care.  I was aware of the Member's son, and the whole House will wish his son and his family well as they go through this time.  I know that the Member will want to ensure that his child is afforded the best possible treatment, and that is what we want to do for every child in those circumstances.