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Position of Health Minister Edwin Poots is untenable, says UUP

BY ALAN ERWIN

The Ulster Unionists have said the current Health Minister's position is becoming untenable after another senior judge ruled he had acted unlawfully.

Edwin Poots illegally excluded trade unionists from a public body, High Court judge, Mr Justice Treacy, has found.

This was despite the Department of Health advertising specifically for a trade union representative on the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, which regulates the conduct of social care workers.

It had been advertised while the UUP's Michael McGimpsey was minister.

Mr Justice Treacy said a change in appointments policy implemented after Mr Poots came in to office had not been consulted on.

The judge said Mr Poots could have abandoned the competition for the post initiated by the public notice, or started a new one.

"But he did neither."

Mr Poots has spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on other legal cases he has lost.

The UUP's health spokesman Roy Beggs said: "With yet another detailed court ruling against Edwin Poots, his position is becoming untenable."

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