Category Archives: Health

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...

Budgeting for health

An overview of how Northern Ireland’s Health Service is financed. The health and social care system’s share of current expenditure should rise from 41.7 per cent to 43.5 per cent over the...

Health Committee progress report

Michael McKernan reviews the Health Committee’s work in the current Assembly term. A more workmanlike attitude between the Minister and members has resulted in better scrutiny of this vital policy area. Although...

Better skills, Better jobs, Better health

More apprenticeships in the health sector can help to improve well-being and create more job opportunities. Skills for Health is a not-for-profit registered charity whose purpose is to help health care employers...