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“The health service no longer becomes a political football”

“The health service no longer becomes a political football. That whatever party is in government, that it is funded as it should be funded. Not lining the pockets of rich party doors as has happened, unfortunately, over the border. And I think the deliberate underfunding that’s gone on over the last 10 years was reflected when the pandemic arrived. We were totally, totally…ill-prepared for it, although we were forewarned. And I wouldn’t like that to happen again. Because there’s going to be another pandemic in the future. There’s no doubt at all, there’ll be another pandemic. And I think it’s so, so important that we’re well prepared for such a situation. Not like what happened 12 months ago.”