Bradshaw welcomes North-South Memorandum of Understanding

Alliance Party Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has welcomed confirmation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chief Medical Officers of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The South Belfast MLA said: “It makes complete sense for both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland to align their approaches and messaging on Covid-19 as far as […]

Bradshaw welcomes independent sector use for non-Covid-19 patients

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the use of the independent sector to treat non-COVID-19 patients. As part of the plan to tackle the expected surge of coronavirus patients, health trusts are accessing independent secgtor hospitals to treat patients not suffering from COVID-19 for planned treatment, while Trust hospital sites concentrate on treating […]

Health reorganisation plans will save lives – Boyle

Alliance Coleraine representative Alderman Yvonne Boyle has welcomed Department of Health plans to cope with the expected surge in Coronavirus cases. Alderman Boyle said: “We are in exceptional times which require exceptional solutions. The Department of Health, and all health service staff, are working under extreme conditions to keep us all safe, and across the […]

All hospital staff must be fitted for appropriate PPE – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said that all hospital staff must be fitted for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as Northern Ireland’s first Nightingale Hospital opens in Belfast. The South Belfast MLA said: “The conversion of the main tower at the City Hospital to a ‘Nightingale’ facility is a necessary but difficult step, not […]

Safe respite or help at home needed for people with disabilities throughout pandemic, says Armstrong

Safe respite or help at home is desperately needed to help people with disabilities through the COVID-19 pandemic, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong said she had been contacted by many families and carers, already exhausted by the lack of support given to those with disabilities throughout the crisis. She said […]

Bradshaw calls on Health Minister to clarify alternative abortion service arrangements for women here during pandemic

Paula Bradshaw MLA has called on the Health Minister to provide immediate clarification on alternative arrangements for women in Northern Ireland to be able to access abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mrs Bradshaw said given the “long-standing taboo around abortion” here, in addition to current restrictions on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak, the […]

Burden on community pharmacy shows need for urgent support – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has cautioned that the burden already apparent on community pharmacists at the start of the coronavirus outbreak only reinforces the need for a proper package to secure their future. The South Belfast MLA said: “I have been alarmed by some of the information I have received from community pharmacists who […]

Alliance announces temporary changes to Assembly working to enable full focus on tackling crisis

The Alliance Assembly Group has announced temporary changes to its procedures and practices to enable Ministers, officials and staff to devote full resources to the COVID-19 crisis, while enabling full ongoing scrutiny of Departmental work on behalf of constituents. Alliance Party MLAs will: Make strictly limited use of Assembly Written Questions; Use Assembly Committees as […]

Armstrong challenges Minister Murphy to bring forward equal access

Kellie Armstrong MLA, Chair of the Assembly All Party Group on Disability, has challenged Minister Conor Murphy to bring forward new planning regulations to ensure Changing Places toilets are included as standard. Confirmation that Scotland has introduced the planning regulations confirms that there is no excuse for delays to continue here. Kellie Armstrong said: “I […]