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Minister Poots Approves Framework For GP Out Of Hours Services

Health Minister Edwin Poots has approved the consultation process and Strategic Framework for GP out-of-hours (GP oohs) services in Northern Ireland. The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) held a public consultation in 2012 on the future provision of GP out-of-hours services across Northern Ireland and listened to wide range…

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Collaborating Against Suicide Is Vital Says Poots

A collaborative approach across all governments departments and agencies is the key to reducing suicide rates in Northern Ireland. That was the message from Health Minister Edwin Poots as he hosted the 8th Ministerial Co-ordination Group on Suicide Prevention yesterday afternoon. The Minister said; “Suicide awareness and prevention is a key…

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Child Protection is a Cross Border Priority Says Poots

Sharing invaluable learning’s for the protection and safeguarding of children is a cross border priority. That was the message from Health Minister Edwin Poots along with Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), Republic of Ireland, who today addressed the first All Island Conference on child protection….

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Rogers Says Health Dept Not Ready For Welfare Reform

SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has spoken out following receipt of a response from the Health Minister in respect of welfare reform. Mr Rogers said:  “I tabled a question to the Minister for Health querying what action his Department is taking to deal with the expected increase in demand for occupational…

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New GP and Patient Centre Opens At the Downe Hospital

HEALTH Minister Edwin Poots has officially opened up the new GP and Primary Care Centre at the main Downe Hospital in Downpatrick saying this is an important step towards the healthcare of the future. Replacing and improving on the former Pound Lane clinic damaged by fires, the model of integrated care,…

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Saintfield Health Centre Embracing Integrated Care Says Poots

Health Minister Edwin Poots visited Saintfield Health Centre to see at first hand the important role that family doctors and their practices play within the local community. The Minister took time to tour the Centre on Tuesday 14 August and speak with the Practice Manager, partners and staff providing community…

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