In October and November 2007 Michael McGimpsey rejected the draft budget as it squeezed the Health allocation. In January 2008 his demands for a greater allocation to Health were finally accepted by the DUP Finance Minister after some unpleasantness. Following Michael’s recent decision, the DUP call this “sound financial planning” on their part.
In March 2007 the UUP had the abolition of prescription charges as a manifesto commitment, and had it included in the programme for government in January 2008. Kieran McCarthy was obviously unaware of this, as this week he claimed that the abolition of prescription charges was a result of his motion two months after the electorate voted on the UUP manifesto which contained the commitment, and the Alliance Party manifesto, which did not.