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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 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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Health South Down

McGrath Urges Action to Ensure People Have Access to Lateral Flow Tests 

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that the Department of Health must take action to address the lack of lateral flow tests available in the North.  He said it was particularly important people had access following the change to the Covid-19 guidance that people with a positive lateral flow test no longer require a […]

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Health

Executive Meets to Discuss Omicron Variant

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 today from our medical and scientific advisors on the latest public health situation. As expected, the highly infectious nature of the Omicron variant has led […]

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Health Politics

TUV Challenges Executive on Face-Covering Policy

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister: “I have always been clear that there is a duty on everyone to take all sensible and reasonable steps to help stop the spread of COVID. We all have our part to play in suppressing the spread of a virus which has caused much suffering and resulted in the […]

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Health

‘Lateral Flow Before You Go!’ – Swann

Health Minister Robin Swann has emphasised that free Rapid Lateral Flow Tests are available online and from a network of local pharmacies. And he underlined the importance of using Rapid Lateral Flow Tests regularly to help keep family and friends safe this winter. The Minister stressed that using Lateral Flow Tests does not remove the […]

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Health Infrastructure

Ministers Want You to Wear Face Coverings on Public Transport!

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and Health Minister Robin Swann are again reminding the travelling public of the importance of wearing face coverings on public transport including buses, trains and the Strangford Ferry. With more people travelling over the festive period, Ministers Mallon and Swann are again appealing for people to do this safely by wearing a […]