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Executive to Relax Covid-19 Restrictions: Here’s the Roadmap and Timeline

The Executive has today agreed an approach for relaxing the measures put in place to manage the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Ministers were updated today by the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor, who have confirmed that we are likely to be past the peak in case numbers, although it remains possible that case numbers […]

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Health Stormont

Robin Swann Reflects on Two Years as Health Minister

Ulster Unionist Party Health Minister Robin Swann MLA said; “Two years ago today, I was chosen by my party to be Northern Ireland’s Health Minister. We had always said that taking the health portfolio would be our priority if given the opportunity, and despite the decision of others to bypass it we jumped at the […]

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Downpatrick Health South Down Stormont

McGrath: Scrapping Free Lateral Flow Tests Will Put People In Danger  

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said any plans to scrap free lateral flow tests will put the public in danger. Mr McGrath said creating barriers in accessing the tests would lead to less people using them and people with Covid-19 unknowingly spreading the virus. He was speaking after reports the British government are planning […]

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Health Louth

Cllr Joanna Byrne: Allow Fire Personnel to Assist in Ambulance Call-outs in Louth

With unprecedented challenges facing the Health Service, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has welcomed confirmation given this week by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) that Fire and Rescue Personnel can now be deployed to assist them as first responders. Cllr Byrne has called on Louth County Council to urgently consider this for County Louth.  Cllr […]

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Health Politics

NHS Pay Rise in January Pay

In November 2021 Health Minister Robin Swann announced a pay increase for NHS staff. The announcement stated that all Agenda for Change staff working in Health and Social Care will receive a 3% award which was recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body.  According to the Department of Health, the award will see HSC pay points increase by 3% and […]

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Health Newry

McNulty – Daisy Hill Needs to be Expanded, Not Downgraded

Newry & Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has issued a stark warning about the future of Daisy Hill Hospital. Mr. McNulty was speaking after a series of troubling concerns were raised with him by health service whistle-blowers. Health service staff members, who spoke to the SDLP MLA under condition of anonymity, have raised alarming concerns that […]

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Armagh Banbridge Health Kilkeel Lurgan Newry Portadown South Armagh South Down Upper Bann

New Southern Trust Carers Consultants

The Southern Trust has appointed two ‘Carers Consultants’ to support those who care for an adult with a learning disability. In their new roles, Bernie Marshall and Majella Gorman aim to keep carers updated on Trust developments, help them to share their views and participate in the planning and delivery of learning disability services. As […]

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Health Politics Stormont

Statement From the Executive – Be Vigilant!, Get Boosted!, Test and Report!

With community transmission of COVID-19 at an all-time high, the Executive is urging everyone not to let their guard down, get boosted, test and report. The Executive received an update from our medical and scientific advisors on the latest public health situation. As expected, the highly infectious nature of the Omicron variant has led to […]

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Downpatrick Election 2022 Health South Down Stormont

McGrath: Cancer Patients Failed Throughout Pandemic!

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that cancer patients in the North have been continually failed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. He was commenting after the latest cancer waiting time figures from the Department of Health showed all targets had been missed. South Down MLA Mr McGrath said: “That all targets for the North’s cancer […]

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Banbridge Health Upper Bann

Cancer Must Be a Health Priority in 2022 – Lockhart

DUP MP Carla Lockhart has written to Health Minister Robin Swann MLA to press for cancer care to take greater priority in 2022, with a focus on addressing aspects of care impacted by the pandemic. Carla Lockhart said: “Since the start of the pandemic, the impact on cancer care has been significant. Diagnosis of cancer […]