Moves on cancer re-openings welcome, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed an announcement from the Health Minister on the re-establishment of cancer services, having recently pressed on it. In a statement to the Assembly, the Minister said the Executive had endorsed his Department’s draft policy statement, setting out short and medium-term plans to rebuild and stabilise cancer oncology […]

Questions remain over Council involvement in DUP fundraiser

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said two local Councils involved in the latest DUP financial scandal now have questions to answer. Stewart Dickson, MLA for East Antrim, was speaking after it was confirmed DUP MP Ian Paisley would be forced to pay back money acquired from two local government authorities for a dinner which has […]

Farry gives qualified welcome to new economic measures, but says gaps remain

A number of gaps remain following the Chancellor’s announcement around the UK Government’s pandemic economy plan, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. Dr Farry was speaking after Rishi Sunak said a Jobs Support Scheme would replace the furlough scheme, meaning workers would get three-quarters of their regular salaries for six months. The North Down MP, […]

Cancer waiting times extremely concerning, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said cancer waiting times are extremely concerning, as figures released for June showed little improvement on previous statistics. The latest figures from the Department of Health showed 324 patients commenced their first treatment for cancer following an urgent referral. Of them, 56.2 per cent started treatment within 62 […]

Blair seriously concerned after post-Brexit check delay warning

Alliance Agriculture spokesperson John Blair MLA has said he is seriously concerned after a warning it is ‘almost impossible’ to have post-Brexit checks in place at ports and airports here by January. Mr Blair was speaking after Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Permanent Secretary Denis McMahon appeared at the Assembly’s DAERA Committee, where […]

Urgent need for UK Government to demonstrate it shares commitment on implementing Agreement and a future deal, says Long

There is an urgent need for the UK Government to to demonstrate it shares the commitment of the EU to implement fully the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and to find a comprehensive future deal, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. Mrs Long was speaking after meeting Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, alongside the leaders […]

Bradshaw calls for regular testing for domiciliary care workers without delay

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has expressed dismay there still appear to be no moves to introduce regular, routine coronavirus testing for domiciliary care workers, despite evidence showing transmission is occurring most commonly in homes. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after the introduction of new measures by the Executive to help prevent the […]

Serious consideration should be given to relaxing restrictions around pregnant women being accompanied, says Long

Serious consideration should be given to relaxing the restrictions around pregnant women being accompanied by birth partners at ante natal appointments and births, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. East Belfast MLA Mrs Long has written to Health Minister Robin Swann after being contacted by a number of constituents who had been left to attend ante natal […]

Consideration must be given to those with dementia and carers, says Dickson

We must ensure consideration is given to those with dementia and their carers, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said. The East Antrim MLA was speaking during an Assembly debate on promoting dementia-friendly policies. The motion called for a recognition of the need to prioritise and enhance the health and well-being of people with dementia, including […]