Dickson pleads for better rural emergency services after death of young girl

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has called on the Health Minister to take urgent action to improve medical care throughout rural communities, after the death of Maggie Black, a schoolgirl from Glenarm. Five-year-old Maggie died last month after becoming unwell from stomach pains at her home. As her breathing became difficult, the family contacted […]

Muir calls for urgent action to resolve NI Water and Translink funding crisis

Alliance Infrastructure Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called upon the Infrastructure and Finance Ministers to urgently work together to resolve the critical financial position Northern Ireland Water now finds itself in, with real problems also on the horizon for the Public Transport provider Translink. MLA’s attending the Assembly Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, December 1 were […]

Elective Care Framework establishes useful principles but lacks detail and ambition, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the content of the Elective Care Framework announced in the Assembly, but has cautioned there are major omissions which means it lacks detail and ambition. Health Minister Robin Swann said the £700 million plan would aim to have targeted investment and reform to ensure backlogs do not keep re-occurring. […]

Independent advice sector needs financial support to secure survival, says Armstrong

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said the independent advice sector needs financial support to secure its survival. The Strangford MLA was speaking after the draft Budget from the Department for Communities was shown to MLAs, proposing a £1.5 million reduction in funding for the independent advice sector, with organisation Advice NI saying it […]

Lyttle welcomes commitment by Justice Minister to increase support for prison staff

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has welcomed a commitment from the Justice Minister to increase support for serving and former prison staff. Publishing two reports into helping the frontline staff, Minister Naomi Long said she agreed with the dozen recommendations, also providing an action plan with timescales for implementation. Mr Lyttle, who has worked closely with […]

All party approach needed on waiting lists

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has warned that the huge increase in Emergency Department waiting times requires all parties to show they are prepared to make tough decisions around health transformation on behalf of the public. The South Belfast MLA stated: “The appalling waiting times now experienced at hospital Emergency Departments, sometimes over 24 hours, […]