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Cancer Strategy For NI Welcome But Overdue | Northern Ireland News, 08/03/2019

Elected representatives across Northern Ireland have commended the Department of Health’s announcement of a plan for a new cancer strategy for the region- but warned the move was long overdue. The strategy will bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the United Kingdom and aims to identify new ways of securing advancements to cancer care by working with patients, staff and cancer charities. Announcing the news, DoH Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly said any finalised strategy would require ministerial approval. Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA welcomed the announcement but stressed that it has been a long time coming. “Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland lacking a cancer strategy and we are still in all likelihood at least a year away from one even being consulted upon,” she commented. “Cancer patients, who have already been warned treatment will be delayed because of treatment, are … Continue reading

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Eden Primary pupil’s fundraiser for Little Princess Trust

Seven-year-old Carrick schoolgirl Coda Robinson has raised £250 for the Little Princess Trust. The Eden Primary pupil had nine inches cut off her long hair and styled into a shorter length bob. Before: Coda Robinson. Now the hair which has been given the chop has been plaited to send to the charity which produces wigs for children who have lost hair due to cancer treatment. Mum Christy said: “Coda and I had a chat a few weeks ago about how lucky she is to have such beautiful hair as some little kids get very sick and lose theirs. She came to me last week with the idea to get all her hair cut off and give it to those kids She had it cut last Saturday. “I am so proud of her for coming up with the idea.” Not only has Coda taken the plunge for the Little Princess, she … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes announcement on cancer strategy

Ulster Unionist health spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Health is to commission a new cancer strategy for Northern Ireland but has warned that the ongoing absence of a minister will “inevitably result in further avoidable delays”. In a statement, Mr. Beggs said: “It is shameful that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have a cancer strategy. “Targets are set for cancer treatment because there is very sound medical evidence that the longer a patient has to wait for diagnosis or treatment, the greater the risk that they may ultimately come to harm. “That’s what makes the fact that Northern Ireland is missing so many of its key cancer targets so serious and inexcusable. “It’s also a disease that is increasing rapidly – one in two people across Northern Ireland born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes announcement on cancer strategy

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Health is to commission a new cancer strategy for Northern Ireland but has warned that the ongoing absence of a Minister will inevitably result in further avoidable delays. Roy Beggs said: “It is shameful that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have a cancer strategy. “Targets are set for cancer treatment because there is very sound medical evidence that the longer a patient has to wait for diagnosis or treatment, the greater the risk that they may ultimately come to harm. That’s what makes the fact that Northern Ireland is missing so many of its key cancer targets so serious and inexcusable. “It’s also a disease that is increasing rapidly – 1 in 2 people across Northern Ireland born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during … Continue reading

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Play parks in Larne become ‘smoke-free’ zones

Play parks in Larne are set to become ‘smoke-free’ zones after a new initiative was launched by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council this week. The council’s Smoke-Free Play Park Campaign has been rolled out across all 69 play parks within the borough – the first council area to introduce such a scheme. Signs will be in place in the parks promoting a smoke-free environment. The campaign is a result of a collaborative partnership between two council teams, Regulatory Services and Parks, supported and led by Gillian McAtackney, whose post within council is funded by the Public Health Agency. Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have an important role to play in leading the way in the creation of an environment for our people to enjoy longer and healthier lives. “I am proud to be part of a campaign which … Continue reading

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