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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bradshaw welcomes specific commitments on suicide prevention

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the specific commitments made by the Health Minister on World Suicide Prevention Day. Robin Swann announced a series of funding boosts for suicide intervention and well-being services. Ms Bradshaw said it was important to show actions and not just words to tackle suicide. “The funding for Derry […]

Bradshaw: At last the Minister has intervened to help Billy Caldwell

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said she is pleased the Health Minister has finally intervened to ensure Billy Caldwell’s medicine will now by funded on the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care system. The South Belfast MLA stated: “I welcome the Minister’s intervention in the Caldwell case to ensure that Billy will now have […]