Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am disappointed but not surprised by the refusal of the Health Minister to apologise over the insulting comments he directed at me.
“This is the Minister of Health in the Northern Ireland Executive, he really should know better. By making such comments he let himself down and his Department down. This was a childish use of language by a grown man.
“The matter has been referred to the Speaker who will be making a ruling on the language that was used. However, considering the fact that the Minister has now refused to apologise or withdraw his comments, the Speaker must now order him to do so.”