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Another health inquiry only adds layer of confusion

Editor's Viewpoint

The decision of the NI Human Rights Commission to hold an inquiry – at the significant cost of £70,000 – into emergency health departments is a puzzling one.

Certainly, given the evidence of recent times, including delays in treatment which may have caused some deaths and the chaos frequently surrounding A&E units, there needs to be a wide-ranging investigation into what has gone wrong and proposals for putting things right.

However, no matter how well-intentioned, the NIRC is not the right choice to conduct such an inquiry. Its probe will only add a layer of confusion. The crisis in A&E is about standards of healthcare, staffing levels, strategic healthcare programmes and the number of units available and their siting.

There are other bodies far better suited to investigating these issues and proposing the required remedies.

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