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South Down MP Margaret Ritchie calls for action on Northern Ireland A&E crisis

BY VICTORIA O'HARA

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has been urged by the SDLP to hold talks between the Northern Ireland Health Minister and his English counterpart to address the crisis in A&E units.

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie made the call to Theresa Villiers to step in, after saying the situation now needed to be tackled "head-on".

Speaking at Northern Ireland Questions in the House of Commons yesterday, Ms Ritchie said: "This crisis isn't going to disappear and needs to be tackled head-on with the upmost urgency."

Addressing the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Andrew Robothan, Ms Ritchie said both he and the Ms Villiers needed to be more proactive, as the policy that resulted in a lack of A&E doctors emanated from Whitehall.

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