Government Health Stormont

Health Minister Says Get Flu Vaccine!

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that everyone aged 50 and over will again be offered a flu vaccination as well as a COVID-19 booster this autumn. This move is part of a plan to increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of winter when there is likely to be a COVID surge. The Minister said: “I […]

Campaigns Community Cost of Living Government Health Politics Stormont

 “DUP Preventing Pay Rise is a Slap in the Face for NHS Staff” – Aontu

Aontú Deputy Leader Cllr. Denise Mullen has criticised the stall on the NHS pay rise due to the DUP stance on the protocol Speaking today, Cllr Denise Mullen said “The DUP’s stance on the Protocol is preventing the NHS staff from getting a well-deserved pay rise. The Stormont dysfunction is preventing the health minister from […]

Community Health

Art and Sculpturing Project Has Opened Eyes After Sight Loss

A Southern Health and Social Care Trust project has proven to be an excellent way for people with sight loss to get creative and improve their overall health and wellbeing. A group of adults with severe and significant sight loss have been working jointly with Eddie Rafferty R.U.A., Artist-in-Residence in the Trust and Arts Care, […]

Constituency Downpatrick Government Health Politics South Down Stormont

McGrath: Health Service Pay Offer ‘Derisory!’

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has said that a recommended pay increase for health service staff is derisory and will not address serious workforce issues which threaten the delivery of critical public services. The South Down MLA has written to Health Minister Robin Swann following publication of the pay review body recommendations this evening.  […]

Government Health Politics Stormont

Recognition Payments and Pay Awards Absolutely Urgent!, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has given a guarded welcome to news one-off recognition payments will be given to health workers next month. But the South Belfast MLA said any further delays to a comprehensive set of recognition payments and pay awards would prove a false economy, leaving many simply unable to afford to […]

Community Health

Changes to Fit Note Provision

Authorised nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes in addition to doctors. New legislation has been introduced in Northern Ireland which will allow a wider range of healthcare professionals to certify fit notes. The change will enable patients to get advice and fit notes from their healthcare professional – without […]

Campaigns Community Constituency Daisy Hill Government Health Newry Newry and Armagh Stormont

Kimmins Raises Concerns Over Trust Visiting Policy

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has raised concerns with the Southern Trust over its visiting policies after a woman in Newry was unable to see her dying mother in Daisy Hill hospital during her final days. The Newry/Armagh MLA said: “I was contacted by a constituent who is deeply distressed at being unable to visit […]

Campaigns Cost of Living Daisy Hill Government Health Politics Stormont

NHS Pay Rise Held Up Due to DUP Stance on Protocol

The Health Minister has said he will accept the recommendations made by pay review bodies but is unable to move forward without an agreed budget. With Stormont in limbo due to the DUP’s stance on the NI Protocol, the NI Executive is currently unable to meet putting the NHS pay award on ice. Minister Swann […]

Community Government Health Stormont

Planning Stepped up for Autumn Covid Booster Programme

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the publication of JCVI recommendations on the COVID-19 vaccination programme for autumn 2022. Mr Swann said: “We can now step up our planning to deliver our autumn booster programme in Northern Ireland, based on this JCVI guidance. “Vaccination provides vital protection against COVID-19, and has been particularly effective at reducing […]

Campaigns Community Constituency Daisy Hill Downpatrick Government Health South Down Stormont

McGrath: DUP Blocking Health Service Reform

SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said the DUP are blocking health service reform by refusing to return to the Assembly and Executive. He was speaking after Health Minister Robin Swann issued a warning about the financial state of the health service. Mr McGrath said long-overdue reform was being delayed because of the DUP’s boycott […]