Poots defends Transforming Your Care

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Health Minister Edwin Poots defended the record of the Transforming Your Care (TYC) health reforms and challenged critics to "stick to facts", on 3 June 2014.

Mr Poots was responding to an SDLP motion calling on the minister to "review and measure" the implementation of TYC.

Mr Poots said, "these debates can become whinging sessions, rather than identifying where we are moving forward, where we could do better, and so forth".

He spoke about the current funding situation, particularly in view of welfare reform.

"The reality is if you insist that welfare reform is something you want to do, that's ok. Tell the public where you want to make the cuts," he said.

The SDLP's Sean Rogers, winding on the motion, said the upheaval under TYC had brought "additional pressure on staff" and "increased stress and anxiety for patients and family".

He said there was mounting evidence to suggest that cuts involved in reforming services were "unsustainable" and had led to "inconsistent results and often poor outcomes".

Mr Rogers called on Mr Poots to listen to the concerns of staff, patients and health care unions.

Mr Poots' DUP colleague, David McIlveen said TYC was "one of the most consulted-on documents we've seen".

Addressing critics of the initiative, he said, "two and a bit years into a five-year plan is not a good time, strategically, to decide it's a failure".

"Just because you disagree with something, it doesn't make it wrong," he said.

The motion and a DUP amendment passed.

You can see the first part of the debate here.

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