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Ailing health service needs public support

YET again the Royal Victoria A&E has been brought close to breaking point as long queues of patients desperate to receive treatment wait up to 23 hours. The risk to people's health and the strain on staff is a predictable and completely avoidable crisis.

A DUP ministerial reshuffle will see no change in direction. The new Health Minister Jim Wells sat previously on the Health Committee where he endorsed the cuts that have caused this disastrous situation.

All the Stormont Executive parties are implicated in voting through significant public sector cuts. Any posturing or personnel change will not solve these problems.

Trade unions, local communities and ordinary people can force back the politicians. We must draw up plans now for a major demonstration in defence of our health service.

Paddy Meehan

South Belfast Socialist Party

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