Living Well Moyle Newsletter (2nd edition)

9 04 2017

Living Well Moyle

Many thanks to Bronagh McFadden (Community Navigator for Older People Causeway Localiy) and Sam Cunningham (Living Well Moyle Co-ordinator) for their great work on the 2nd Edition of the ‘Living Well Moyle’ Newsletter , the newsletter from the Dalriada Pathfinder Partnership Steering Group.

2nd Edition Living Well Moyle Newsletter

‘Supported Living ‘Unit for Rathmoyle

27 05 2015


APEX Housing Association has been appointed to take forward the development of the new Residential Accommodation/ Supported Living Unit at Rathmoyle House, Ballycastle.  They are holding a consultation meeting on the proposed scheme on Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 7pm in Rathmoyle Resource Centre, Mary Street, Ballycastle.

This will be an opportunity to hear more about this development and have the opportunity to see the architect’s plans.

Support our Midwives

30 04 2015


Today members of the Royal College of Midwives  will start industrial action with a four-hour strike from 8am-12pm, along with members of the Society of Radiographers.

This will be followed by further action starting from Friday, 1 May to Thursday, 7 May.

This will consist of RCM members only working overtime if it is agreed they will be paid for it, and taking all the breaks they are entitled to.

This is the first time in its 134-year history that members of the RCM in Northern Ireland have voted to take strike action.

The RCM and its local representatives have been working with hospitals to ensure safe services will be available to women in need of urgent care, such as those in labour.

The action follows the executive’s rejection of the independent NHS Pay Review Body’s (PRB) recommendation of a 1% pay rise last year and no announcement about pay for this year for health and social care (HSC) staff in Northern Ireland.

Agreements on pay have been reached with the governments in England following industrial action, and in Wales following negotiation. The Scottish Government accepted the PRB recommendations in full.

Breedagh Hughes, director for Northern Ireland at the RCM, said: ‘This is not a step that our midwife and maternity support worker members take lightly. They have been treated shoddily by the Executive and employers, who have left them with no alternative but to make a stand.

‘Politicians wonder why the public does not afford them more respect when they deny a very modest pay award to hard working NHS staff. The cost of living is rising sharply and this is set against a history of pay restraint and pay freezes for the staff delivering our vital and valuable healthcare.

‘There is still time to avert this action; to talk, negotiate and reach an agreement. I ask politicians and employers to think of the pressure midwives have been under for years.

‘I ask them to think of the responsibility midwives have every single day, caring for both mother and baby. And I ask them to think how it feels to those same midwives when, despite all that, they are told they aren’t worth a 1% pay rise. Think about all of that, think about the fact that other UK countries have shown they value their staff, and come to the negotiating table.’

She added: ‘Investing in staff is an investment in services and an investment in better care.’

Senior RCM staff and RCM representatives will be on the picket lines and demonstrating at Trusts across Northern Ireland.

Durkan welcomes £300m for dementia research

8 03 2015

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SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement at the weekend that more than £300m is to be spent by the government on research into dementia.

Mr Durkan, who has campaigned both at home and in Westminster in support of the 15,000 people in Northern Ireland affected by dementia, said:

 “I welcome David Cameron’s commitment to provide significant funding in the fight to defeat dementia.

 “I am also pleased to see the launch of a separate multi-million pound fund to help establish an international investment scheme to discover new drugs and treatments that could slow the onset of dementia, or even deliver a cure, by 2025.

 “One in three people over 65 will develop dementia – and therefore this is a health issue that we can no longer afford to ignore.

 “As well as backing Alzheimer Research UK’s global call for action to defeat dementia, I supported last year’s ‘Memory Walk’ in Derry in aid of the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Fighting Dementia Together’ campaign.

 “I have also supported the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ campaign which aims to help people with the condition play a fuller role in their communities.

 “Importantly, we need to see additional support for people with dementia and improved diagnosis rates not only here in Derry but throughout the North.”

Save the Dal Campaign Public Meeting – Saturday 7th March Marine Hotel Ballycastle 2.00pm

28 02 2015


Save the Dal Campaign Public Meeting – Saturday 7th March Marine Hotel Ballycastle 2.00pm

Save the Dal

  • Campaign Update
  • Feedback from Moyle Council meeting with NHSCT
  • MS Respite – from a carer’s perspective
  • Guest Speaker: Dr Gavin McDonnell  a consultant neurologist who is a specialist in Multiple Sclerosis will deliver a talk on the importance of Respite for MS patients and patients with other neurological conditions.

 Please make every effort to attend


Health Minister should halt cuts

30 11 2014


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SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has called on the Health Minister to halt the proposed cuts in response to the Chancellor’s announcement of a decision to spend an extra £2 billion on the UK health service.

The South Belfast MLA has called for a halt on proposed cuts this year and next year in the wake of the announcement that the Chancellor will put an extra £2 billion into front-line health services across the UK.
Mr McKinney said:
“This announcement of £2 billion extra funding for the UK Health service could result in the Northern Ireland Health Service receiving up to an extra £60 million.
“We all know of the pressures on the Northern Ireland Health Service is under and if there is any chance of more money, it should be welcomed.
“It is hoped that this extra funding will ease the growing pressures on front-line staff in the health service.
“Mr Wells should halt the cuts planned for this year and next year following this announcement and should rethink the budget once it has been confirmed how much the DHSSPS will receive from this funding.
“I plan to raise this issue as an Urgent Oral Question in the Assembly tomorrow. Patients should not have this uncertainty hanging over them.”

Cunningham brands Dalriada consultation ‘a fudge’

25 11 2014


SDLP Councillor and Chairman of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham has reacted angrily to the announcement of an eight week consultation into the temporary closure of Dalriada Hospital

Cllr Cunningham branded the decision a wasted opportunity and a fudge. He said:

 “I am furious at this decision. It is absolutely ludicrous that a consultation is to be carried out during a period of closure. Health Minister Jim Wells needed to use today’s Assembly debate as his opportunity to reverse the illogical Trust proposal and to maintain current services at Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle.

 “We have presented ample evidence of how Dalriada Hospital contributes to the efficiency of the Acute Hospital sector and how it provides a major service to MS patients.

 “I am very disappointed by this decision at a time when the Minister needed to be standing up to the management of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.