Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Come and protest against health policies

The Executive's proposal for two £80m health centres in Newry and Lisburn will put millions of pounds of public money into the pockets of big business at the expense of essential health services.

Disgracefully, even the health minister, Edwin Poots, has acknowledged that he has no idea how much public money he will pay to private developers.

Financed through a mechanism known as third-party development (3PD), private-sector companies will be allowed to build facilities, leasing the buildings back to the health service.

This is only the beginning – if the Executive gets its way. Edwin Poots, supported by all the political parties, has begun a process of mass-privatisation of health services.

In response to the Executive's health cuts, the Stop the Cuts Campaign, supported by Nipsa, has organised a protest for April 24 outside the Health and Social Care Board HQ in Linenhall Street, Belfast (1pm).

All people opposed to the health cuts should come along and make their voices heard.

PAT LAWLOR

Socialist Party, Belfast

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