“This is exactly the sort of development I have been fearing..”

The apparently oppositionally-inclined Minister for Health, the UUP’s Michael McGimpsey, will face more questions today from the Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee, the DUP’s Iris Robinson.. Not about his “outdated political dogma” – Eamonn McCann has some fun with that in the Belfast Telegraph – but on the resignation of David Sissling as Chief Executive designate of the proposed single Health and Social Care Authority. No doubt the delays in implementing reforms played a major part in his decision. Meanwhile, more oppositional politics, this time from the Social Development Minister, who also appears to be calling for public support in opposition to the NI Executive’s Draft Budget..

reasons to be cheerful