Kieran McCarthy MLA stated: “Assurances from the Chief Medical Officer are welcome however, the public will reserve judgement until they can see for themselves what sort of impact any cuts will have. Words can only do so much, what people want to see is that health services will not decrease in quality and that waiting lists will not grow.
“This is an over-used phrase, but it fits in this case – I have to ask what planet health administrators are on if they are looking at cutting frontline services ahead of office support?
“I simply cannot see why cuts in bed numbers and a freeze in recruitment are being proposed when must less painful cuts in health administration could be made. We need a sensible approach to be taken on efficiencies, and the health trusts and the Minister must not press the panic button.”