Lyttle welcomes review into health and wellbeing services available to former prison officers

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has welcomed the announcement of an urgent review into the health and wellbeing services available to former prison officers. The review into the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust (PRRT) by the Department of Justice will look at the services available to former prison officers and identify if additional provision is appropriate. […]

Minister must heed warning on community pharmacies, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said the Health Minister must heed the warning and take immediate action to avoid industrial action by community pharmacists, after they voted to press ahead with it as a last resort. The South Belfast MLA stated: “I have been standing with community pharmacists warning about the growing crisis […]

Bradshaw welcomes pay parity and safe staffing resolution

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the announcement by trade unions they have accepted new arrangements on safe staffing, alongside pay parity with the rest of the UK. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Unison and Unite agreed the way forward with the Department of Health, although NIPSA is continuing its industrial action. […]

Independent Neurology Inquiry must be public – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said there are serious questions to answer in the Health Minister’s failure to grant full powers of public inquiry to the ongoing Independent Neurology Inquiry. The South Belfast MLA stated: “It was made clear at the outset of the Independent Neurology Inquiry, chaired by Brett Lockhart QC, that it […]

Health Minister’s funding ask demonstrates need for pace of transformation to increase, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said the Health Minister’s warning his Department needs £661 million to maintain existing services and meet commitments shows the transformation of health and social care must speed up. Robin Swann said the funding requirement included commitments on pay parity and staffing. South Belfast MLA Ms Bradshaw said it […]

Armstrong says there is need to end categorisation of healthcare for trans people as disorders

There is a need to end the categorisation of healthcare for trans people as mental and behavioural disorders, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. Ms Armstrong was speaking after quizzing Health Minister Robin Swann on his plans to depathologise trans healthcare, following the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s recent move to do the same. The Minster […]

Menopause awareness makes for better workplaces – Kelly

Alliance Councillor Michelle Kelly has highlighted how raising awareness about the impacts of menopause on women can make for a better workplace. Councillor Kelly was speaking after Belfast City Council supported her motion to work with organisations, such as trade unions, to ensure that Belfast City Council and its staff are menopause aware. Councillor Kelly […]