Pensioners celebrate care home victory
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014
Pensioners and families of residents in NHS care homes across Northern Ireland have been celebrating after Edwin Poots announced the facilities are to remain open.
No lamb found in 'lamb products'
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014
Food regulators are launching a crackdown on lamb dishes being sold at takeaway restaurants after two studies showed that lamb is being replaced by cheaper meats such as beef or chicken.
Belfast on alert after 'super rat' find
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014
The so-called 'super rat phenomenon' has swept across the UK and parts of Europe with increasingly more reports of giant rodents being spotted in towns and cities and residents in Belfast believe the super-sized vermin may have darkened their doors.
Poots U-turn on care home closures
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Health Minister Edwin Poots has performed a U-turn and declared that no NHS residential care homes are to close.
Baby simulator helps train NI medics
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014
A Co Down hospital is introducing a new pilot training programme for its paediatric staff which is set to revolutionise the way infants are treated.
Man grew cannabis 'due to chronic pain'
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014
A middle-aged man who was caught growing cannabis said he used the drug to help him deal with chronic back pain, a court has heard.
'Significant improvements' in NI health
Published: Friday, 11 April 2014
Significant improvements have been made in health and social care in Northern Ireland, according to a new report.
Teen couple's baby death 'preventable'
Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2014
An independent investigation into the death of a six-week-old boy has found crucial failings in his care at two Northern Ireland hospitals - and said his death could potentially have been prevented.
Poots addresses emergency care summit
Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2014
Health Minister Edwin Poots has addressed a summit on emergency care in Belfast.
Poots takes action over care failings
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014
Health Minister Edwin Poots has spoken of his anger at the serious failings within the health service which have prompted him to brief MLAs on a programme of action to improve standards of care.
Ruling over future of brain damaged baby
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014
A baby who suffered irreversible brain damage can be removed from a ventilator keeping him alive, the High Court has ruled.
Fixers teen recalls anorexia struggle
Published: Friday, 04 April 2014
A Co Antrim teenager working on a Fixers project to help anorexia sufferers has recalled his own struggle with the illness which put him in hospital for a year when he was just 13.
Trust director speaks about baby deaths
Published: Thursday, 03 April 2014
A senior director of the Northern Trust has said he wishes to meet the families of babies Erin McAuley and Cara Rocks, who died while in the Trust's care, to apologise in person.
Trust apologises for another baby death
Published: Wednesday, 02 April 2014
The Northern Trust has apologised unreservedly for the death of another baby at the Causeway Hospital - stating that the care provided "fell short" of the standard expected.
Poots sorry over Trust baby death
Published: Wednesday, 02 April 2014
Health Minister Edwin Poots has apologised to a Ballycastle family who lost their new born baby girl after a catalogue of failures in the health service.
Irish travel warning over Ebola outbreak
Published: Wednesday, 02 April 2014
Irish citizens are being warned against travelling to the West African countries of Guinea and Liberia, amid an Ebola outbreak which has already killed over 80 people.
Chief medical officer's obesity concern
Published: Wednesday, 02 April 2014
The chief medical officer has said obesity is the most significant public health issue facing this generation and has called for minimum alcohol pricing to be introduced and further restrictions imposed on smokers.
Family speak out over Trust baby death
Published: Tuesday, 01 April 2014
The parents of a baby girl who died in a Northern Trust hospital because there was no theatre available to perform an emergency section have spoken to UTV about their devastating loss.
Hygiene probe at School of Dentistry
Published: Monday, 31 March 2014
An investigation is underway into hygiene problems at the Royal School of Dentistry in Belfast after it emerged that a number of instruments were not sterilised properly.
Poots asked to consider his position
Published: Monday, 31 March 2014
The chair of the health committee at Stormont has called for Health Minister Edwin Poots to consider his position.
Wee Oscar in fight for his life
Published: Saturday, 29 March 2014
Messages of support have been sent to Oscar Knox, the brave Co Antrim five-year-old who has been battling a rare form of cancer, after his family revealed his health has deteriorated "significantly" over the past week.
Trust investigates deaths of 11 patients
Published: Friday, 28 March 2014
The Northern Health Trust is investigating the deaths of 11 patients, including five babies.
Tears as deaf woman hears for first time
Published: Friday, 28 March 2014
Over 800,000 people have been watching the life-changing moment when a woman who had been deaf since birth was able to hear for the first time.
QUB breakthrough in cancer treatment
Published: Friday, 28 March 2014
Scientists at Queen's University in Belfast have made a "breakthrough" in the treatment of women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Royal patients in over 25-hour bed wait
Published: Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Two patients waited for over 25 hours before they were given a bed at the Emergency Department at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Wednesday.
New chief appointed to health board
Published: Tuesday, 25 March 2014
A new chief executive has been appointed to the Health and Social Care Board.
New service for kids with chest conditions
Published: Monday, 24 March 2014
A new medical service has been launched to aid children suffering from serious chest illness in Northern Ireland.
'U-turn' over meningitis B vaccine
Published: Friday, 21 March 2014
A meningitis B vaccine previously dismissed by government advisers as too expensive to be provided on for young babies on the NHS could now be rolled out across the UK - if costs can be agreed.
Ambulance for sick children announced
Published: Thursday, 20 March 2014
A new ambulance has been purchased as part of an expansion in Northern Ireland's specialist transport service for sick children, Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced.
'Direct link' between conflict and suicide
Published: Thursday, 20 March 2014
A direct link has been found between suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland and having experienced traumatic and conflict related events.
NI group campaigns for assisted suicide
Published: Wednesday, 19 March 2014
A new group in Northern Ireland is campaigning for a change in legislation to allow terminally ill patients the right to die.
Construction work begins on new hospice
Published: Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Construction work begins this week on an all new purpose built hospice in north Belfast.
Majority 'unhappy' with mental health care
Published: Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Over half of people experiencing mental health distress are highly dissatisfied with the type of care they receive, new research has found.
Extra nurses for Royal A&E
Published: Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Forty extra nurses are to be appointed to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast following an urgent review of staffing levels.
60 teens in golf course drinking session
Published: Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Two teenage girls and a boy have been found unconscious on a golf course in Strabane, following what is believed to have been an underage drinking session involving up to 60 children.

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