Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am deeply concerned at the recent problems at the Royal Victoria Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. I hope that these 40 extra nurses will play a part in relieving the pressures being faced by staff.
“While I welcome this announcement by the Minister, I do not think that 40 extra nurses will completely resolve this problem. He must take further action to reassure the public as well as the staff themselves.
“While the Health Minister has not handled this situation very well, I would like to commend the staff in our hospitals who are doing a magnificent job despite the problems they are facing.”