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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published the March 2014 Northern Ireland Waiting List Statistics Releases.
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Health Minister Edwin Poots has today welcomed the publication of the Patient and Client Council’s ‘Access to GP Practices Report’.
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Reading is fun! These days, there are more and more opportunities to read 'on line' or with the help of a kindle.Still, sometimes it's nice to be old fashioned and either buy a book or go to the library. There's plenty more for everyone in the local libraries. 'Knit and natter' for people with some...
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A new report launched today, The Denial of NHS Continuing Healthcare in Northern Ireland by Age NI outlines how older people in Northern Ireland are being denied access to assessments for NHS funde...
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With almost a third of people in Britain admitting they are racist, prejudice is compounding poverty, says Helen Barnard. According to the British Social Attitudes Survey , 30% of people in Britain admit, in a face-to-face interview, that they are a little or very prejudiced against people of other...
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Helping elderly people to use the internet is a good idea. But let's not mistake broadband connections for social ones In the UK, four out of 10 over-65s do not have internet access. At a time when so much of our lives is conducted online the payment of bills, access to information that should be a...
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A new revised cardiovascular framework that sets out the standards of care that patients, clients, carers and families can expect to receive has been launched by Health Minister Edwin Poots in a written statement to the NI Assembly.
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Scotland's population is changing as the number of people from ethnic minority groups continues to grow, says Aleks Collingwood. A sixth of Scottish households containing two or more people have more than one ethnicity represented, according to research published today on census data. The largest...
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Communities must get ready to provide a supportive and playful lifestyle for the millions more people set to live into old age Bang on time for the start of a new council cycle, a detailed 58-page report will next month set out the degree to which local neighbourhoods must adapt if they are to meet...
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Loneliness among the over-65s could be tackled by training more older people to use the internet, a report by a centre-right think tank has suggested. Policy Exchange has called for every person in...
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Health Minister Edwin Poots and Justice Minister David Ford today launched a consultation on a draft Mental Capacity Bill and proposals relating to those in the Criminal Justice system.
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Exit adds 'suicide due to old age' to its statutes, giving people suffering from age-related problems the choice to end their life A Swiss organisation that helps people take their own lives has voted to extend its services to elderly people who are not terminally ill. Exit added "suicide due...
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She is a maverick of modern dance, still bagging awards in her 50s. Wendy Houstoun talks about her latest work a tribute to choreographer Nigel Charnock, a man so full of life that even terminal cancer couldn't stop him carrying the Olympic torch Last year was a good one for Wendy Houstoun . Not...
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Climate justice is an unfamiliar idea to many, but that might change in the next 18 months, says Julian Dobson. The concept of climate justice brings together issues of climate change and social justice, asserting that the consequences and causes of increased CO2 emissions reflect and reinforce...
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National network provides accommodation and practical help for adults with support needs In an era of shrinking social care budgets and a rising elderly population, politicians are increasingly referring to the need for care to come "from the community". David Cameron viewed this notion of...
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Health Minister Edwin Poots has committed to increase investment to nurse training and development to provide more trained professionals and address growing demand.
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I very much enjoy my talks on the subject of Managing your Money Better . The talks happen province wide and I'm always delighted to chat about money and related topics. This is my first blog about these experiences. read more
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The Department of Health has revealed that tens of thousands of illegally imported and unauthorised medicines destined for addresses throughout Northern Ireland were seized as part of an international operation.
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New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that a common antidepressant may cut production of one of the chief suspects in the investigation of Alzheimer’s disease. These findings open a new avenue in the hunt for drugs to prevent the devastating brain disease. Read more here.
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Health officials in Northern Ireland have come together to urge local people to open up about dementia problems. The ‘Don’t Bottle It Up’ message has gone out during Dementia Awareness Week 2014. The Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care Board are working jointly with the Alzheimer’s...

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