Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “The Health Minister must fight to ensure that some level of service remains in Belfast.
“I have met several of these families and was touched by their stories. I have admired them for the campaign they have fought. The Minister will be letting them down if all the services are moved to Dublin.
“About 80 MLAs signed a petition last year to retain children’s heart surgery services in Belfast, so the Minister will have political support, but will he be able to deliver the outcome that all the families deserve?
“I must also criticise Edwin Poots for the slow response to this issue. It took him 12 months to set up this review, which has now taken nearly 10 months to issue recommendations. This is completely unacceptable when so many families are waiting for answers about the future of this service. The Minister must also immediately publish the report in full.”