Ireland news and events

News, events and external affairs activity from our Belfast Office

Medical Royal Colleges in Northern Ireland call for urgent action health and social care reform

25 August 2017

The delay in health transformation is having a huge impact on patients in Northern Ireland.

Following recent announcements of budget cuts for the Health and Social Care Trusts, the Medical Royal Colleges in Northern Ireland, which represent various medical professionals across the region, call for a strategic approach to healthcare transformation.

“As healthcare professionals, patients’ health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. Healthcare reform has been delayed for too long and, as a result, our health and social care system is deteriorating and patient care is suffering.

“In the absence of strategic decision making and planned reform, reactive cuts will be made for the purpose of balancing the books rather than to ensure that the best possible services are being delivered to patients within our given resources..."

Read full statement and signatories

Launch of the Northern Ireland Response to the RCPCH State of Child Health Report

15 June 2017

The RCPCH launched the Northern Ireland Policy Response and Recommendations to the UK-wide State of Child Report, the ground breaking RCPCH report which draws together a range of data across 25 key indicators of child physical and mental health creating a snapshot of infant, children and young people’s health across the life-course.  A launch event aimed at stakeholders was hosted by Dr Karl McKeever, RCPCH Officer for Ireland in Belfast.

The event was tremendously well attended and brought together; young people, paediatricians, child health professionals, representatives from medical Royal Colleges, representatives from the NI Department of Education and the NI Committee for Health and, key child health organisations from the community and charity sectors.  Outstanding presentations were delivered by Belfast Youth Forum and the Fixers Organisation, as well as the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People and College Officials.

Read more about what happened at the event - State of Child Health NI Launch (PDF, 293KB)

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L-R: James Connolly, Fixers; Dr Karl McKeever, RCPCH; Naomi Lloyd, Fixers; Seánna Gregory, Emilija Budryte and Amy Reilly, Belfast Youth Forum and; Philip McCullough and Emma Sparrow, RCPCH &Us