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 […]

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 […]

It makes no sense to split Lisburn with COVID restrictions, says Eastwood

It makes no sense to split Lisburn in two over COVID-19 restrictions, Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said. The Alliance representative was speaking after Health Minister Robin Swann confirmed half the city – under the postcode BT28 – would be subject to restrictions, but the other half – effectively the other side of the city’s […]

Coade says caution and civic responsibility must be watchwords, ahead of new restrictions

Newry and Armagh Alliance representative Jackie Coade has said caution and civic responsibility must be the watchwords going forward, ahead of new restrictions being introduced in the BT60 postcode area. Health Minister Robin Swann announced the area will join the list of those where restrictions will occur on gatherings in private homes as of 5pm […]

Bradshaw urges public to heed warnings as new restrictions introduced for areas

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has urged the public to heed the warnings around rising cases of coronavirus transmission as another area was added to the list of areas where extra restrictions are to be imposed. The postcode BT60 will join the list of areas where restrictions will occur on gatherings in private homes. […]

Armstrong says confirmation of clear face masks for health workers will make a real difference

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said confirmation thousands of clear face masks will soon be available to health professionals will make a “real difference” for many people here. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong – who is partially deaf – has been campaigning for months for clear face coverings to be used where possible to help those […]

Bradshaw calls for clarity and publication of scientific advice concerning students’ return to university accommodation

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has called on the Health Minister to clarify the advice concerning students returning to student accommodation in the Belfast City Council area. Residents in the Holyland area of South Belfast in particular have said expressed concern, saying house parties and other anti-social behaviour is already taking place in the […]