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Police are investigating the death of a child at the centre of a public inquiry in Northern Ireland.Claire Roberts, nine, died in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital in 1996 from a medical condition called hyponatraemia caused by a lack of sodium in the bloodstream.A public inquiry was set up in 2004…
The Department of Health has released details of a series of important initiatives being funded under the £100m Health and Social Care transformation fund in Northern Ireland. The planned package of investments for 2018/19 includes £15m for enhancing primary care – care which is largely provided from GP practices. This…
The Department of Health [DoH] and Department of Education [DE] have launched a public consultation on the draft Strategy for Looked After Children: Improving Children’s Lives. Both departments have pledged to support children and young people in care; those on the edge of care and also those young people who…
A UK health expert who investigated abuse at the Winterbourne care home for the disabled will lead an inquiry into the misinterpretation of cancer tests in Ireland. Dr Gabriel Scally is an eminent individual who will bring real experience to the preliminary probe into the handling of cervical smear screening,…
The Belfast Trust has said it is "truly sorry" for having to recall 2,500 patients after a probe into the work of a consultant neurologist. The recall comes after an independent review of patient notes relating to the work of Dr Michael Watt. It follows a review of patient notes…
An unmarried mother behind a legal battle to access widowed parent's allowance has accused the Government of treating her grieving children as "insignificant". Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, said her case, being heard at the Supreme Court sitting in Northern Ireland for the first time, was never about her but about justice…
A lawyer has questioned whether an unmarried mother at the centre of a legal battle to access widowed parent's allowance is being made an example of. Special needs classroom assistant Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, from Armoy in Co Antrim, was with her partner John Adams, a groundsman, for 23 years. The…
Fewer than one out of every four defendants accused of rape in Northern Ireland was convicted last year, new figures indicate. The 23.4% conviction rate last year was down slightly on the 25.7% recorded in 2015/16, according to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), which has released a specific breakdown of…
Abortion law in Northern Ireland should be changed to allow for terminations in instances of fatal foetal abnormality, a long-awaited report has recommended. The law as it stands prevents doctors and other healthcare staff from meeting their duty of care towards pregnant women in such circumstances and makes the situation…
A retired Appeal Court judge is to lead a major review into how serious sexual crimes are handled by the judicial system. Sir John Gillen, who will be supported by an advisory panel, will examine a range of issues brought to light in the wake of the high profile rape…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) is inviting Social Care Managers from across the country to a “Sharing Innovation and Good Practice” forum. NISCC Social Care Managers’ Forum is a free bi-annual event open to all Social Care Managers working in Northern Ireland, each of whom is encouraged to…
Northern Ireland's Justice Department is expected to launch a review of how serious sexual offences are addressed. Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were cleared of rape following a nine-week trial that ended last month. Victims groups have sought a review of the criminal justice system.…
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