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NO MINISTER!

By David Vance On May 8th, 2013

DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots is an unmitigated disaster. He puts the In back into incompetency and his latest wheeze to move childrens heart surgery OUT of Northern Ireland to Dublin seems to have caused quite a stir at Stormont.

Eighty-seven Stormont MLAs have pledged to vote against any move to remove children’s congenital heart surgery from Belfast, it was revealed. Th petition was launched by the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, which is lobbying Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to preserve the relatively rare service at the RoyalBelfast Hospital for Sick Children. Recently the health authorities recommended operations for youngsters with birth defects should take place in Dublin using enhanced north/south transport links because of the dwindling number of specialist procedures carried out north of the border. The decision will need to be approved by Stormont Health Minister Mr Poots

87 out of 108. I wonder which MLA’s favour the plan to move services out of the country?

Meanwhile..

The health minister has apologised “unreservedly” at Stormont for stress felt by residents of care homes earmarked for closure. Edwin Poots also said it was “unacceptable” that families had been upset by the plans.

Erm, yes, HIS plans!!!

Staggering stupidity.

13 Responses to “NO MINISTER!”

  1. Our baby daughter had heart surgery some 35 years ago and I can assure you that as far as we were concerned we wanted her to go to the best possible hospital and it wouldn’t have mattered where it was. Fortunately, she went to the best at that time, Harefield.
    Issues like this should not me a matter of political prejudice, of national pride, or civic pride as in the case of Leeds hospital. Arrangements should be for the child to go to the best possible hospital that is readily available, and as far as this type of surgery is concerned, it should be one where the surgeons concerned are doing heart surgery full time, and not where they have a few cases each month and do other surgical procedures in between; such surgeons never get sufficient skills.
    If, as you say, “it is a relatively rare service at the RoyalBelfast Hospital” I would certainly not have wanted my child treated there.

  2. Edwin is almost as comical as Sammy Wilson is. As Alex Kane tweeted yesterday the DUP can put flags up over the care homes they are to keep open! As for Dublin, the children’s hospital in Crumlin is second to none, children will receive excellent care there, but it’s understandable that people want this excellent service as close to them as possible.

  3. Good grief.

    Moving children’s heart surgery from Belfast to Dublin might or might not be a good idea, and closing care homes might or might not be a good idea. The obvious point is that just about the worst way of deciding these things is by politics and the bureaucracy.

  4. All that matters is that the best and safest surgery is provided for children. To turn this into a ‘border’ dispute is reprehensible.

  5. I agree 100% with EP & Colm, the crucial matter at stake is is where best surgery and care are provided. If that’s in Belfast so be it if not then concentrate on building the safest, fastest and best infrastructure to get the patient to and from both points.

    We are talking about the health of children here no politics, party, national or otherwise should be lumped into the equation.

    The obvious point is that just about the worst way of deciding these things is by politics and the bureaucracy

    Yes, better to let kid’s health become a commodity on the free market and then the best way of deciding it will be those who can and can’t afford life – saving heart surgery.

  6. Is this David vance supporting the NHS? Or simply trying to score political points?

    DUP flags move – a ploy to get c are homes off the front page

    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/regional/dup-flags-move-a-ploy-to-get-care-homes-off-the-front-page-1-5058327

  7. 87 MLA’s seem to agree with me…..still others here know best.

  8. “87 MLA’s seem to agree with me…..still others here know best.”

    Yes, but they are all politicians.

  9. Paul McMahon –

    “Yes, better to let kid’s health become a commodity on the free market and yadda yadda ..”

    Fly them to India. Heart surgery at $800 a pop.

  10. You got me there Pete. I really didn’t expect you to make some feckless comment rather than deal with the gaping hole in your theory.

    87 MLA’s seem to agree with me…..still others here know best

    Yep, it would appear so;

    Recently the health authorities recommended operations for youngsters with birth defects should take place in Dublin

    But what would those who actually work in the field know, eh?

    Maybe the ’87’ would prefer to agree rather than give ammo to bitter malcontents people like yourself and Jolly Jimbo to appeal to the lowest common denominator ala; ‘They stole our kids kulcharal heritage with refusin’ to fly our fleg nie they’re tryin’ to stale our kids health so they are’ regardless of what’s better for children’s health ?

  11. “87 MLA’s seem to agree with me…..still others here know best.”

    Your clutching at straws now, David.

    English Pensioner is spot on.

    It’s the epitome of how we should interact with each other on these islands. I know patients, including children go from the ROI to the UK on a regular basis.

  12. Paul McMahon –

    I’m serious. Indian clinics are now doing heart surgery for $800 a go. Stormont would pay that just for a patient to get to Dublin.

    I’m looted to fund it, I have every right to demand the budget option.

  13. I’m serious. Indian clinics are now doing heart surgery for $800 a go

    Yeah I know. I also remember the blog you did on it and the debate regarding quality etc hence my feckless comment.