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Health Minister Simon Hamilton feeling a lot healthier

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 02/07/2015

Simon Hamilton
Simon Hamilton

The Health Minister has reassessed his "terrible" lifestyle.

Simon Hamilton told MLAs he has tried to change unhealthy habits since taking up the post in May.

He said: "I think there is something about a stint in this job which makes you think and look at your lifestyle."

Mr Hamilton, a former Stormont Finance Minister, took over from DUP colleague Jim Wells, who resigned to care for his sick wife after sparking controversy with comments linking gay marriage to child abuse.

In his first briefing to the health scrutiny committee, the Strangford MLA said he believed health messages on obesity and diabetes were getting through.

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