Elective Care Framework establishes useful principles but lacks detail and ambition, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the content of the Elective Care Framework announced in the Assembly, but has cautioned there are major omissions which means it lacks detail and ambition. Health Minister Robin Swann said the £700 million plan would aim to have targeted investment and reform to ensure backlogs do not keep re-occurring. […]

Alliance to offer bereavement leave for employees affected by miscarriage and stillbirth, says Armstrong

Alliance is to offer bereavement leave for employees affected by miscarriage and stillbirth, Chief Whip Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. Ms Armstrong was speaking ahead of the latest stage of the Parental Bereavement Bill in the Assembly today (Monday). It aims to bring in statutory paid leave of two weeks for those who have suffered […]

Outgoing Minister’s failure to act on transfer unacceptable, says Lyttle

The outgoing Education Minister’s failure to act on post-primary transfer is unacceptable, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Over 23,000 children received news this past weekend regarding their post primary school placement, which followed a number of grammar schools announcing they would not be using transfer test for admissions after they were cancelled […]

Bradshaw expresses concern at length of time to establish long COVID treatment services here

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has expressed concern at the length of time it is taking to set up specialist long COVID treatment services in Northern Ireland, after an announcement suggesting they will only be established in late October. It includes an assessment service for those with symptoms consistent with the infections which have […]

Incoming Economy Minister needs to seek urgent meeting with airport and airline, says Dickson

Incoming Economy Minister Paul Frew needs to seek an urgent meeting with Belfast City Airport and Aer Lingus, after the airline announced it had stopped flights from the airport to several UK destinations. The news came after Stobart Air, which operates Aer Lingus’ regional services, moved into liquidation. Flights to a number of British cities […]

Bradshaw welcomes decrease in time between vaccine doses

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the imminent decrease in the time between vaccine doses to a maximum of eight weeks, as the share of the population having received first doses approaches 80 per cent. The Department of Health have confirmed the current gap will be reduced from 12 weeks, offering better protection […]