Bradshaw welcomes consultation on expanding access to lifesaving drug

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed a UK-wide consultation on expanding access to Naloxone without prescription. The lifesaving drug reverses the effect of an opioid overdose and could help prevent drug-related deaths, which have doubled in the UK since 2012. The proposed changes would require amendments to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012. “I […]

Preparations must be advanced for vaccinations from age 12+, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said the UK Government’s announcement it is extending vaccinations to all those aged 16+ demonstrates why preparations must be rapidly advanced for offering vaccines to all teenagers in Northern Ireland. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after approval was given from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation […]

Delayed changes to blood donation important step in ending discrimination against gay and bisexual men, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed news from the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service men in a same-sex relationship will soon be able to donate blood here. Changes to the donor eligibility rules are being implemented over the summer and will mean anyone who has had the same sexual partner for more than […]

Bradshaw welcomes UK Government direction on commissioning abortion services here

Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed a direction from the UK Government to the Department of Health to set up full abortion services in Northern Ireland by March at the latest. Secretary of State Brandon Lewis said while he recognised the strain the pandemic had put on healthcare, he was ‘extremely disappointed’ the commissioning of full […]

Greater clarity needed on vaccines for 12-17 year olds, says Bradshaw

Greater clarity is needed from the UK Government on advice it is receiving from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) concerning vaccinations for teenagers, Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said. The UK Government’s Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the JCVI has recommended children who are either almost 18, vulnerable or who […]

Bradshaw concerned about outcomes of review into RQIA board resignations

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has expressed concerns about the outcome of a review into resignations of the board of the watchdog responsible for oversight of care homes, especially the broader comments regarding governance overall. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) saw its board resign en masse last June, claiming they were not […]

Questions remain to be answered over Runwood Homes profit, says McGrath

Questions remain to be answered after Runwood Homes made an almost £20 million profit despite receiving public money to support it during the worst of the pandemic, Alliance Councillor Julian McGrath has said. The company, which operated Glenabbey Care Home in Glengormley, received £2 million in government grants, while accruing a profit of £19.8 million […]

Bradshaw: Review into redress process must be urgently undertaken

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said an “insensitivity” to the emotional reality of what the victims of historical abuse experienced remains to this day, as she spoke in favour of a review into the redress process being urgently undertaken. The South Belfast MLA was speaking during a debate in the Assembly which urged the […]

Alliance questions why Executive Office Covid press conferences have ceased

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has pressed the Health Minister on why regular Executive briefings to provide updates and information on the Covid-19 pandemic have recently been shelved. The MLA for East Belfast questioned Robin Swann on Monday afternoon at the Assembly. He added: “This morning we heard the Chief Medical Officer outline how we are […]