Edwin Poots MLA and Deputy Mayor of Lisburn.

Representing the Constituancy of Lagan Valley on issues such as Education, Health, Council, Policing, Electricity, Flooding, Housing, Planning, Transport, Roads, Social Security and Benefits.

If you would like to speak with us about the current issues or voice your concerns you will find support at your local constituency office.

  • Edwin Poots with Phillip McCallen

    Edwin Poots MLA and Phillip McCallen
  • Edwin Poots MLA and City Council

    Edwin Poots MLA City Council
  • Edwin Poots MLA presents Water Sports Award

    Edwin Poots MLA Sports Award
  • Edwin Poots MLA and Deputy Mayor of Lisburn

    Edwin Poots MLA Lisburn
  • Cllr Jenny Palmer, Mayor Allan Ewart, Alan Clarke and Edwin Poots at a recent exhibition in Bow Street, Lisburn, to highlight war years.

    Edwin Poots Exhibition War Years
Recent Key Speeches

2014-04-08 Health and Social Care | Ministerial Statements

Obviously, something that I said previously must have stung.  It is good to see that that is the case.  The 20 cases that were identified were identified by the current directors in the Northern Trust.  They came to me, and I made it public.  That was the openness.

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2014-04-08 Health and Social Care | Ministerial Statements

The Member had his opportunity, and he failed to make his point very well.  That is his problem. 

The trust sought to inform all the individual families that were involved.  I asked the trust to ensure that meaningful engagement took place, so that is a matter that I have been clear about.  Meaningful engagement must take place with the families, which will include giving them the opportunity, if they wish — not all the families wish to do so — to participate in the serious adverse incident investigation.  They should be afforded sight of the final report and be informed of the implementation of the recommendations. 

My Department has written to the Northern Trust to seek further information on the 20 cases, so we are not asleep at the wheel.  We are focused on ensuring that the trust follows up on what we have asked.  Investigations are ongoing, and I will receive regular updates on the outcome of those investigations and on the implementation of the recommendations.

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2014-04-08 Health and Social Care | Ministerial Statements

I have previously told Members that, if they have better ideas than Transforming Your Care, we need to hear about them.  I ask those who suggest that we should not proceed with Transforming your Care, "What are you proposing — that we build two additional hospitals with another 1,000 beds in Northern Ireland?".  I propose taking people out of hospitals, providing care and support for people outside of hospitals and ensuring that they receive the appropriate care.  What are other Members proposing?  If they are saying that Transforming Your Care is not the way, what are they suggesting?  We will wait.  There is plenty of time.  We have months ahead to hear the ideas. 

The only issue that I have with Transforming your Care is that I want to see it implemented faster, quicker and better.  That is where I will put pressure on — not for a review but for faster implementation.  It is the only way forward that I can see and the only way forward that my health professionals can see.  The experts, the Chief Medical Officer and all of the team identify Transforming Your Care as the best way forward.  It is not something that is completely new and radical; it is completely logical.  That is why we will continue to go down that route.

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Lagan Valley Constituencies

Ballinderry, Ballymacash, Ballymacbrennan, Ballymacoss, Blaris, Derryaghy, Dromara, Dromore North, Dromore South, Drumbo, Glenavy, Gransha, Harmony Hill, Hilden, Hillhall, Hillsborough, Knockmore, Lagan Valley, Lambeg, Lisnagarvey, Maghaberry, Magheralave, Maze, Moira, Old Warren, Quilly, Seymour Hill, Tonagh, Wallace Park.