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No-one wins in our system of dealing with medical negligence

Last week our health and social care system was again in the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons. The Western Health and Social Care Trust paid out...

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The concept of ‘unionist seats’ has been consigned to history

A dull, lacklustre Westminster campaign has produced seismic changes to the political landscape in the north. This election has upended politics here,...

09.07.2024 20

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Deirdre Heenan: Northern election has swept away old certainties and ushered in new reality

Unionism is no longer a dominant force and concept of ‘unionist seats” has been consigned to history

07.07.2024 9

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Dull as dishwater election campaign reflects Stormont’s lack of energy and delivery

The general election is less than two weeks away, yet to date the campaign has been lacklustre and dull. Why has it failed to spark into life? On a...

24.06.2024 10

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Dear Mike, here’s the three things you need to do to fix the health service

Mike Nesbitt is our new health minister and should be given a chance to prove his credentials. It’s early days but so far, he has ditched the...

10.06.2024 10

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We need our politicians rowing in the same direction but too many are paddling their own canoes

The Stormont budget debate, held last Tuesday, was in many ways a formality as the financial settlement had already been agreed upon by the main...

03.06.2024 10

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We won’t be at the top of a Labour government’s agenda

Rishi Sunak has taken a gamble and called a general election for July 4. The majority of his own MPs were blindsided, and many are unhappy at the...

27.05.2024 20

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Our only choice is no government or bad government

What have we learnt from the UK Covid Inquiry’s sitting in Belfast? The focus of this module was on core decision-making and governance. During the...

20.05.2024 30

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Deirdre Heenan: Doug Beattie blunders leave moderate Ulster Unionist Party reeling

The party has spent the last five months engulfed in controversies which have raised serious questions about Doug Beattie’s leadership and judgement

12.05.2024 30

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Selecting Timmy Mallett over Tim Collins would have been a wiser move for the UUP

Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie has defended Colonel Tim Collins, his candidate for North Down in the upcoming general election, after a...

06.05.2024 10

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Deirdre Heenan

You’re right Robin, it’s not about you, but it is about us and our health

Last Thursday the Ulster Unionist Party and its executive minister Robin Swann voted against the Northern Ireland Executive budget. The health...

29.04.2024 50

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‘When strong leadership was absolutely critical to rescue a system on the brink, we have been lumbered with interim appointment’

As widely predicted Robin Swann announced yesterday that when the General Election is called, he will step down as the Health Minister. At a time when...

22.04.2024 10

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Reform UK and the TUV deserve each other, but haven’t the rest of us suffered enough?

As though political unionism didn’t already have its troubles to seek, TUV leader Jim Allister has announced a formal partnership with Reform UK. He...

15.04.2024 10

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Deirdre Heenan: Continuity leader Robinson faces tough battle to hold divided DUP together

The anti-deal wing of the party could seize on this crisis as an opportunity to regain control of the political narrative

07.04.2024 4

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Red flag cancer referrals can never be delayed by new computer system again

Last week the BBC health correspondent, Marie Louise Connolly, reported that women waiting for their initial breast cancer assessment appointments...

01.04.2024 9

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The health dividend of peace: Cancer knows no borders

In the week leading up to St Patrick’s Day, a series of events took place in Washington to highlight the impact of the Belfast Good Friday...

18.03.2024 30

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We needed a cheerleader for our health and social care. With Robin Swann we’ve got a funeral director

Last week the new health minister Robin Swann gave a keynote address to the Royal College of GPs. The health and social care system is in turmoil,...

04.03.2024 10

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Deirdre Heenan

Is this Stormont executive up to the challenge of health and social care transformation?

The dust has settled on the restoration of the devolved institutions, and attention has quickly turned to delivery and how this new administration...

19.02.2024 30

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British government’s secret devolution deal sets dangerous precedent

The deal is done. The devolved institutions have been restored. There is cautious optimism that we can finally move on and address the priorities that...

05.02.2024 20

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DUP have run out of road and need to decide

I was in Stormont on Wednesday and witnessed the by-now familiar sight of our MLAs filing into the chamber and filing out again, unable to form a...

22.01.2024 9

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Deirdre Heenan

We can’t go on like this. Something has to give in GP crisis

The beginning of 2024 marked a watershed moment in the history of the NHS in the north, as Dr Tom Black opened the first hybrid public-private GP...

09.01.2024 10

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The lethality of loneliness

The Christmas advertisement for Charlie's Bar in Enniskillen, has become an internet sensation, touching the hearts of the thousands who have...

11.12.2023 20

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Deirdre Heenan: The lethality of loneliness

The Christmas advertisement for Charlie's Bar in Enniskillen, has become an internet sensation, touching the hearts of the thousands who have...

11.12.2023 20

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