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The number enduring lengthy waits for some surgical procedures in Northern Ireland was higher than in England this year, NHS statistics revealed. More than 10,000 patients were on the list for over a year for non-urgent procedures, statistics researched by Ulster Unionist health spokesman Roy Beggs said. The equivalent in…
A new Westminster inquiry is to examine whether the Government has a responsibility to reform abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The Women and Equalities Committee will also assess whether the contentious issue should only be one for devolved ministers to determine. Abortions in Northern Ireland are illegal in all but…
A woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter is in "fear and pain" over her pending prosecution. On Thursday the High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal challenge to the decision to take action against her. Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967…
The High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal challenge to a decision to prosecute a woman who obtained abortion pills for her teenage daughter. Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland. Abortion is illegal except where a woman's…
More support should be offered to those who represent themselves in court to ensure they get a fair trial, researchers have suggested. Ulster University academics have examined the barriers people face when they attend court without a lawyer. The resulting report has called for cultural change and more information to…
The president of Sinn Fein has unreservedly apologised to an alleged sex abuse victim who claims the party covered up her allegations against one of its members. Mairia Cahill had demanded the apology from Mary Lou McDonald in the wake of a damning police watchdog probe into how her case…
Alleged child abuse victim Mairia Cahill was "failed" by a disjointed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation, a watchdog said. In 2010 Ms Cahill, a grand-niece of prominent Belfast republican Joe Cahill, told officers she had been sexually abused by alleged IRA member Martin Morris - who was acquitted…
The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) had information about alleged abuse of children a decade before it was reported but did not investigate it, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland said. The watchdog found the force's Criminal Investigation Department received intelligence in 2000 which linked a man to alleged harm of…
Research carried out on behalf of the All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has shown that seven in ten people believe that if palliative care could help them they would like a health care professional to discuss it with them. In this, Palliative Care Week (9 to…
Researchers have found that many children are suffering from an undiagnosed developmental condition which impacts on their ability to learn mathematics. Experts at Queen's University in Belfast carried out the research on the prevalence of Specific Learning Disorder in Mathematics (SLDM), which is also known as dyscalculia. Dr Kinga Morsanyi…
A member of the DUP has criticised British MP Stella Creasy after she publicly condemned Arlene Foster's stance on abortion at a global women's caucus. Ms Creasy, of the Labour and Co-operative Party, said in Dublin: "Right now there is only one woman who gets to make a choice about…
As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of the training opportunities available in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Almost 15,000 participants received PHA-funded training in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention last year. The PHA commissions a range of training…
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