LONDONDERRY Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has been appointed temporary chair of the Stormont Health Committee.
The local representative will cover Sue Ramsey’s temporary leave of absence due to illness.
The Foyle MLA said: “Sue has been doing a great job as chair and hopefully she will return to the committee as soon as possible in good health.
“In the meantime I will endeavour to do my best to follow on the example Sue has given of being an efficient, effective and fair Chair of the Health Committee.
“There are many pressing issues facing the Health Department, not least the issue of sexual exploitation involving some young people in care homes, Transforming Your Care and the health minister’s foolish action in appealing the court decision to allow civil partnerships and same sex couples to adopt.”