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Image for news article Folic acid to be added to flour

General, Health

Folic acid to be added to flour

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that folic acid will be added to flour to help prevent life-threatening spinal conditions in babies. The Northern Ireland Executive in line with the rest of the UK, has agreed...

Image for news article Progress on Organ Donation Bill

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Progress on Organ Donation Bill

Speaking following the second reading of the Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill, Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Today is another positive step forward in what has been a long journey for all involved...

Image for news article Flu Vaccination Programme to be Expanded

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Flu Vaccination Programme to be Expanded

The annual flu vaccination programme is once again being expanded to protect the vulnerable and ease winter pressures as Covid-19 pressures continue. The programme is to be extended to cover all secondary school children from years...

Image for news article Military assistance requested for NI Health Service

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Military assistance requested for NI Health Service

The Department of Health can confirm that a further request for military assistance for the Northern Ireland health service has been made by Health Minister Robin Swann. The Health Minister said: “Our health service is under...

Image for news article New Jabbathon dates announced

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New Jabbathon dates announced

The Jabbathon vaccine promotion will continue next week with a range of clinics open across Northern Ireland. Mobile walk-in clinics will continue at some 30 campuses across Northern Ireland’s universities and Further Education colleges. The clinics...

Image for news article Unionists puzzled at Irish President declining invitation

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Unionists puzzled at Irish President declining invitation

Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt has described as ‘uncharacteristic’ the decision by the Irish President Michael D Higgins not to attend a service to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary. Mike Nesbitt MLA said: “The news that President...

Image for news article Nesbitt welcomes clarity on High Street Voucher Scheme

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Nesbitt welcomes clarity on High Street Voucher Scheme

Ulster Unionist Economy spokesperson Mike Nesbitt MLA has welcomed clarity on the dates of the long-awaited High Street Voucher Scheme. Mike Nesbitt said: “I welcome the fact that the High Street Voucher Scheme will finally come...

Image for news article JCVI updated advice on boosters welcomed

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JCVI updated advice on boosters welcomed

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the advice on Covid booster vaccinations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Accepting the advice from the JCVI, the Health Minister Robin Swann: “Our COVID-19 vaccination...

Image for news article Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered Covid-19 vaccine

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Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered Covid-19 vaccine

People aged 12-15 in Northern Ireland will be offered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine shortly. This move follows the unanimous advice to ministers from the four UK Chief Medical Officers. Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I...

Image for news article Swann commends staff at vaccine centres

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Swann commends staff at vaccine centres

Health Minister Robin Swann has thanked staff who have worked tirelessly to deliver the Northern Ireland vaccination programme. This comes as mass vaccination centres across Northern Ireland begin to close their doors. The Minister said:...

Image for news article Statement from UUP Leader Doug Beattie MC MLA

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Statement from UUP Leader Doug Beattie MC MLA

UUP Leader Doug Beattie MC MLA said: “Like the Ulster Unionist Party the DUP are setting out their opposition to the Protocol.  Where we absolutely differ is that the UUP will provide pragmatic solutions and...

Image for news article Mental Health Champion appointed

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Mental Health Champion appointed

Following a recent external recruitment process, Health Minister Robin Swann has appointed Professor Siobhan O’Neill as the Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. Professor O’Neill is the current Interim Mental Health Champion and Professor of Mental...

Image for news article Health Minister announces grants for groups supporting carers

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Health Minister announces grants for groups supporting carers

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced the allocation of the first tranche of grants to organisations providing vital support for carers.  Almost £600,000 of the £4.4m Support for Carers Fund has been awarded to groups across...

Image for news article Campus vaccination drive is announced

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Campus vaccination drive is announced

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced details of a major push to vaccinate more students in Northern Ireland. The “Jabbathon” initiative will involve 60 walk-in clinics across some 30 campuses – offering first jabs to students...

Image for news article UUP launch NI Protocol alternatives paper

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UUP launch NI Protocol alternatives paper

UUP Leader Doug Beattie MC MLA said: “The Ulster Unionist Party is not interested in just complaining and pointing out the flaws of the Northern Ireland Protocol.  We want to find common sense solutions that...

Image for news article Swann launches new alcohol and drug strategy

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Swann launches new alcohol and drug strategy

Health Minister Robin Swann has today announced the launch of Northern Ireland’s new alcohol and drug strategy. Speaking during a visit to the Recovery Garden in Ards Community Hospital, the Minister said: “The aim of this...

Image for news article UUP Leader meets Ulster Farmers` Union

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UUP Leader meets Ulster Farmers` Union

Speaking following his meeting with the Ulster Farmers` Union, UUP Leader Doug Beattie MC MLA said: “It was a pleasure to meet the Ulster Farmers` Union at their Headquarters on Wednesday in my role as Leader...

 

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