Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called on the Health Minister to ensure any potential cuts to the health service are subject to equality assessments.
She said: “It is up to the minister to ensure that any potential cuts are are subject to full equality impact assessments in order to protect frontline services.
“It beggars belief that, when we are faced with such cuts, we also have £34m. paid to consultants in bonuses, increases in administration staff, and up to £65m. paid to the independent sector annually.”
She added: “Everyone recognises the pressures experienced by the health service at present. However, it should also be remembered that our health budget of £4.6 bn has been protected through budgetary processes.”