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Swann Announces Plan for Additional NHS Pay Rise

Following the November announcement of a pay increase of 3% for our wonderful NHS staff. Health Minister Robin Swann has invested in a further 1.5% pay increase. This announcement will enable an overall pay rise of 4.5% for bands 1 to 3 staff and 4% for bands 4 to 7. Speaking via a memo sent […]

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Southern Trust Silent on Domiciliary Care Pay Rise

The Southern Trust has come under fire after it was revealed that £23 million from the Department of Health would be used to help the social care sector. This investment has now been used by Independent care companies to increase their pay bands for Care Assistants. A move welcomed during these difficult times. However despite […]

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Health Minister Congratulates Nursing and Midwifery ‘Leaders of the Future’

Health Minister Robin Swann has said nurses and midwives have a massive opportunity to influence and contribute to the successful Transformation of Health and Social Care Services. He was speaking at a presentation ceremony for 30 young nurses and midwives graduating from Northern Ireland’s Nightingale Challenge Global Leadership Development Programme (GLDP). The GLDP is a […]

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Health Minister Announces Vital Package of Support for GPs

The Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that the Department of Health is making up to £5.5m available to support general practice in Northern Ireland over the challenging winter period. £3.8m has been committed to support additional patient care through the winter and up to £1.7m is being made available to further improve telephony infrastructure […]

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HSC staff across Northern Ireland urge the UK Chancellor to do the right thing and fund a pay rise.

Health workers in Northern Ireland are joining staff across the NHS calling on Rishi Sunak to recognise the work they’ve done to protect lives and fund a decent pay rise in this week’s Budget, says UNISON today (Monday). More than 60,000 health care assistants, porters, operating theatre staff, nurses, caterers, ambulance staff, cleaners and members […]

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UPDATED VISITING ARRANGEMENTS CONFIRMED

The Department of Health has confirmed changes to visiting arrangements for all care settings from Monday 1 March. The four UK Chief Medical Officers have recommended that the Regional Alert Level should move back from Level 5 to Level 4 with immediate effect. As a result, the visiting restrictions for all care settings across Northern […]

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MINISTER HAILS CARE HOME VACCINATION PROGRAMME

The drive to administer first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine across all of Northern Ireland’s care homes has been completed, Health Minister Robin Swann has confirmed. Trust vaccination teams have been visiting care homes since the vaccination programme commenced in December. The last remaining homes have now been visited, the programme schedule has allowed […]

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MURPHY ALLOCATES £74 MILLION INCLUDING £25 MILLION FOR HEALTH WORKERS

The Executive has agreed further funding allocations of £74 million including £25 million towards the health workers recognition payment. Announcing the allocations, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “The Executive has agreed to provide £25 million to offset the impact of National Insurance and tax deductions to the £500 recognition payment. This will ensure our dedicated […]

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ARE YOU 65-69? DON’T DELAY IN BOOKING YOUR VACCINE

People aged between 65 and 69 across Northern Ireland have been urged to book their Covid-19 vaccination appointments without delay. Online and telephone booking for this age group were introduced late last month, with a surge of initial bookings made. Demand has understandably slowed since then, and the Department of Health is advising that some […]

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‘CONTINUING HEALTHCARE IN NORTHERN IRELAND REPORT’ PUBLISHED

Health Minister Robin Swann has stressed the need to ensure that inequality issues for service users across Northern Ireland are addressed and there is regional consistency across all HSC Trusts. He was speaking following the publication today of an Analysis of Responses Report entitled ‘Continuing Healthcare in Northern Ireland: Introducing a Transparent and Fair System.’ […]