Category Archives: Health

Northern Ireland’s ageing trends

agendaNi considers the projections for older people, who tend to require most care. Older people account for 60 per cent of acute hospital cases in Northern Ireland, and the level of care...

New GP contract agreed

Changes to the general medical services contract for 2014-2015 have been agreed by Health Minister Edwin Poots and the Northern Ireland General Practitioners Council (GPC). Key elements of the agreement include increased...

Promoting health in the inner city

Paula Bradshaw, Director of the Greater Village Regeneration Trust, outlines how its open gym project is helping to improve the well-being of its neighbours. Greater Village Regeneration Trust (GVRT) has recently opened...

The organ donation debate

Peter Cheney assesses the Assembly’s two proposed bills on organ donation. A change in the law would have implications for the rights of most adults in Northern Ireland, their families and the...

Technology and innovation in health

Michael McKernan assesses the role that technology can play in reducing costs and improving care as the population grows older. Many people, when asked about technology and innovation in the health sector,...

Adoption, care and families

A rising number of children are needing care outside their immediate family. Peter Cheney examines the different types of care available and the policy debate on improving their life chances. Debates around...

Maternity strategy

agendaNi reviews the changes being made to maternity services, including a greater role for midwives and a renewed emphasis on public health. Pregnant women are increasingly being referred to midwives – as...

Chris Ham: momentum needed in reform

Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive at The King’s Fund, shares his view on the challenges facing the Health Service and the need to maintain momentum in reform. In Northern Ireland – as...

Urgent care number proposed

A single urgent care number (111) has been suggested for Northern Ireland but progress has been held up by problems in England. Health officials are considering whether Northern Ireland should follow England’s...