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Health system is in urgent need of reform

THE revelation that five patients have died in the Royal Victoria Hospital because they were not treated quickly enough within the A&E unit is beyond belief (News, February 12).

The Health Minister, Edwin Poots, must now resign. But let's be clear: the responsibility for the disaster unfolding in our health service is not down to one minister, or one political party.

The appalling truth is that this situation is a result of the systematic political agenda of all the parties, as they all support health cuts under Transforming Your Care (TYC).

The findings of the health watchdog the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) have illustrated a whole string of management breaches.

This is what now constitutes the norm for staff working in our health service and is a damning indictment of the Assembly.

All emergency services must now be properly funded.

It is also essential that the re-opening of the Belfast City Hospital A&E occurs as a matter of urgency.

PAT LAWLOR

Socialist Party

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