Progress needed to protect the health of our young people, says Bradshaw, as Minister confirms ban on smoking in cars when under-18s present

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed news the Health Minister will be bringing forward legislation to ban smoking in cars where under-18s are present. In response to a question in the Assembly Chamber from the South Belfast MLA, the Health Minister also stated he would be legislating to end the sale of e-cigarettes […]

Bradshaw welcomes launch of organ donation opt-out consultation

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the launch of a consultation on statutory opt-out for organ donation. Health Minister Robin Swann launched the consultation, which will seek the views of the public on how to introduce a soft opt-out system, changing from the current method of opt-in, where organ donation only proceeds if […]

Bradshaw: Strike reimbursement first of several steps towards fair nursing pay

Alliance Party Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said the announcement of reimbursement of strike pay for nurses is just the first of many towards a fair pay and conditions settlement for nurses. The South Belfast MLA said: “The announcement of reimbursement of pay for strike action is welcome, but merely repeats an assurance already […]

Bradshaw welcomes care home residents being included in first stage of vaccinations

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the announcement the first stage of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, starting tomorrow, will include care home residents as well as workers. The residents will be prioritised in the first stage, with the first jabs being distributed to vaccinators on Tuesday (December 8). Deployment to care homes will […]

Vaccination action plan welcome, but detail still required, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the imminent publication of a COVID-19 vaccination action plan for Northern Ireland, but cautioned significant detail remains to be worked out. Speaking after a debate on the vaccine roll-out in the Assembly, the South Belfast MLA stated: “I welcome that an action plan has been seen by […]

Alliance marks World AIDS Day, whilst recognising there is still work to be done to combat stigma

Alliance representatives have marked World AIDS Day, saying while progress has been made in terms of health outcomes for HIV over the last 40 years, stigma still comes with a positive diagnosis. Party Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA said the day is an opportunity to reflect on how isolating a diagnosis can be and how […]

Lyttle says free sanitary products should be available in all schools

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said free sanitary products should be available in all schools. Mr Lyttle – Chair of the Assembly Education Committee – said it was unacceptable young girls could have their education interrupted by a lack of access to period products. “A number of organisations and schools have shown leadership on sanitary […]

Waiting lists figures demonstrate need to move swiftly with transformation process, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has again warned the scale of waiting lists and growing waiting times re-emphasise the need to move swiftly with the transformation process and to re-build reformed services. The South Belfast MLA was speaking as the latest waiting lists were published, showing among other figures 327,189 patients are on a […]