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Workforce Planning Review

Part of Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 11:15 am on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Maeve McLaughlin Maeve McLaughlin Sinn Féin 11:15 am, 13th October 2015

I thank the Member for his intervention. He is absolutely right. The very clear message is that, at a time when we need to be supporting primary care, which means addressing issues like recruitment and retention, it seems that the most vulnerable end of the system is being targeted. It is a sad indictment that we do not have a Health Minister at his desk to ensure that those changes to contracts are not implemented here and that we protect the rights and entitlements in the contracts of junior doctors.

In conclusion, our health service needs radical reform. That view is not just from me or the Health Committee and most members on it. It has been well documented by many sectors, including professional and staff sectors. The system is complex and overly bureaucratic and it lacks accountability. We need a Minister, for workforce planning and many other issues, to deliver that blueprint. We need a Minister for health, not a Minister for half an hour.

Question put and agreed to. Resolved:

That this Assembly welcomes the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety's review of workforce planning; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that workforce planning is fully integrated with the implementation of Transforming Your Care.