Poots defends health spending
Published: Monday, 01 September 2014
Health Minister Edwin Poots has defended his department's spending following calls for an investigation by the Audit Office.
Nine die each month by drug abuse
Published: Monday, 01 September 2014
Around nine people die every month in Northern Ireland due to drug-related incidents, the health minister has warned.
Traders unite for ice bucket challenge
Published: Sunday, 31 August 2014
An ice bucket challenge with a difference took place in Belfast city centre on Saturday evening when a street of independent retailers joined in on the craze sweeping the world.
O'Dowd slams Poots for 'casting fear'
Published: Friday, 29 August 2014
Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has criticised Health Minister Edwin Poots for scaremongering over health cuts, calling a leaked ministerial paper a "political publicity document".
Poots in ultimatum over health cuts
Published: Thursday, 28 August 2014
Health Minister Edwin Poots has delivered a crisis letter demanding an additional £80m in funding in order to avoid the "most devastating impacts" of cost-cutting proposals for health care in Northern Ireland.
Most popular baby names revealed
Published: Thursday, 28 August 2014
Jack continued to be the most popular name for baby boys in Northern Ireland in 2013, while the top spot for girls was shared by Grace and Emily.
Poots rejects A&E 'volcano' claim
Published: Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Health Minister Edwin Poots has rejected a claim that the situation at the Royal Victoria Hospital's accident and emergency ward is like a volcano ready to erupt.
'Over 100 waiting' at Belfast A&E
Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2014
More than 100 patients have been waiting to be seen in the Royal Victoria Hospital's accident and emergency department, UTV has learned.
Health workers to vote on strike action
Published: Monday, 25 August 2014
Health workers in Northern Ireland are set to vote on strike action over the absence of any pay offer for employees.
Donegal Ebola tests prove negative
Published: Friday, 22 August 2014
Health officials in Co Donegal have confirmed that tests regarding a suspected case of Ebola have proved negative for the virus.
Gascoigne hospitalised after relapse
Published: Friday, 22 August 2014
Troubled football icon Paul Gascoigne has been hospitalised after he was found slumped outside his home following a heavy-drinking season.
Suspected Ebola case in Co Donegal
Published: Thursday, 21 August 2014
A suspected case of Ebola is being assessed in Co Donegal, the Health Service Executive has confirmed - following the discovery of a man's body on Thursday.
Poots 'will not implement unsafe cuts'
Published: Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Health Minister has warned that he will not implement budget cuts that he believes will damage patients' health.
Private health group set to cut staff
Published: Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Private medical group 3fivetwo is making up to 50 staff redundant.
Newborn baby girl inquest continues
Published: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
A doctor and a senior midwife made "very damning concessions" at the Coroners Court on Tuesday over the hospital care given to a mother whose newborn baby died in the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.
Gel developed to tackle superbugs
Published: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Scientists at Queen's University have made a breakthrough in the fight against a hospital superbug which has been responsible for the deaths of four babies in Northern Ireland.
Baby 'could have survived' - inquest hears
Published: Monday, 18 August 2014
A baby girl who died within minutes of being born at the Causeway Hospital "would have been absolutely fine" if she had been born at her due date, a coroner has heard.
Criticism over new RoI abortion laws
Published: Monday, 18 August 2014
Both anti-abortion and pro-choice groups have strongly criticised the Republic of Ireland's laws on terminations, after weekend reports about a suicidal woman who was refused an abortion.
Fifi Geldof battling depression
Published: Friday, 15 August 2014
Fifi Geldof's battle with depression hit her "full whack" following the death of her sister Peaches in April.
Rider 'critical' after Ulster GP crash
Published: Thursday, 14 August 2014
A motorcyclist is critically ill in hospital following a crash at the Ulster Grand Prix meeting at Dundrod in Co Antrim.
Derry GAA Allstar collapses on pitch
Published: Thursday, 14 August 2014
Derry Allstar GAA player Kevin McCloy is in a stable condition in hospital after collapsing during a club match on Wednesday night.
More witnesses for maternity death case
Published: Wednesday, 13 August 2014
A coroner has offered to almost treble the number of witnesses for an inquest into the death of a woman, who died days after giving birth in a Belfast hospital.
Call for changes at NI care homes
Published: Wednesday, 13 August 2014
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland is to recommend changes in the regulation of care homes in the region.
Group calls for legal high law
Published: Thursday, 07 August 2014
A west Belfast drugs action group is calling for new laws to prevent legal highs becoming available and is aiming to educate young people about the potentially deadly consequences of taking the substances through a new DVD.
Inquest order over father-of-eight's death
Published: Thursday, 07 August 2014
The Attorney General has ordered an inquest into the death of a father-of-eight in a Belfast hospital, saying any further delay could have an adverse affect on public safety.
Services resume at flooded hospital
Published: Wednesday, 06 August 2014
The accident and emergency department of Letterkenny General Hospital in Co Donegal has reopened after being flooded for the second time in a year.
Private NHS operation referrals halted
Published: Tuesday, 05 August 2014
The Health and Social Care Board has put a stop on NHS patients being referred to private facilities for non-emergency operations.
Anger at Nazareth House alcohol unit
Published: Tuesday, 05 August 2014
Opposition is growing over plans to convert the former Nazareth House residential home in Londonderry into an alcohol unit.
Teens find 'heroin kit' and used needles
Published: Friday, 01 August 2014
The discovery of a used drugs kit - believed to contain heroin - by children in west Belfast has led one campaigner to warn that the deadly drug is becoming more available on our streets.
Rise in health service complaints
Published: Thursday, 31 July 2014
There has been a rise in the number of health service complaints.
Emergency meeting on UK Ebola risk
Published: Wednesday, 30 July 2014
A Cobra emergency meeting has been held to assess the "very serious threat" posed to the UK by the world's largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people.
Emergency nurses 'feel like scapegoats'
Published: Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Emergency nurses have been "thoroughly demoralised by the extent to which they feel vilified for simply trying to provide the highest possible standards of patient care," the Royal College of Nursing has said.
Critical cover at ambulance service
Published: Monday, 28 July 2014
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) has admitted this weekend's staffing levels were the worst in its history with only 70% of medics on duty to handle calls.
Abusers 'most likely to be family'
Published: Monday, 28 July 2014
A counselling service has said most victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse that contact them say their attackers are family members.
NI A&Es fail to meet government targets
Published: Thursday, 24 July 2014
The Department of Health's latest report shows that every one of Northern Ireland's major emergency departments failed to treat 95% of patients in April, May and June this year within the four hour waiting target set by government.

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