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Poots discusses health and social care issues with students

The Health Minister has taken part in a question and answer session at the South Eastern Regional College in Downpatrick.
Monday, 21 January 2013

Speaking to a group of health, social care and childcare students, the Minister explained his role, and provided an overview of how Health & Social Care (HSC) services are organised. He outlined how HSC organisations work together to deliver a joined up health and social care service. He also highlighted the role of the Assembly in making legislation which aims to improve people’s health.

He listened to the views of the students, and answered questions on a range of issues including misuse of alcohol and drugs, and sexual health matters.

Mr Poots said: “I very much welcome this opportunity to engage with students of health and social care. The HSC sector is a major employer in Northern Ireland, and a career in caring is a rewarding one for individuals as well as making a vital contribution to services which we will all need at some time in our lives. My hope is that today’s students will feel inspired to go on to become part of tomorrow’s caring workforce.”

The Minister went on to say that the development of new legislation is an important tool in his drive to improve the overall health of people in Northern Ireland. As examples, he highlighted recent legislation regulating smoking in public places and also the use of sunbeds, both of which will deliver very real improvements in the overall health of our population.

He continued: “Legislation can have a very significant effect on society’s attitude to certain behaviours. With devolution the Assembly has the opportunity to legislate on those issues which we know are having a detrimental effect on the health of people living in Northern Ireland. I am determined to make sure that we take full advantage of this opportunity for the benefit of everyone.”

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