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Alcohol misuse costs Northern Ireland up to £900 million every year

Dying for a drink: alcohol kills three times as many people as road deaths in NI

21 AUGUST 2014


Over 2,630 people died from an alcohol-related death in Northern Ireland in the last 10 years.

The deaths include people who died from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, and poisoning with alcohol. Significantly, causes of death that are indirectly related to alcohol are excluded from the figures.

The total deaths directly related to alcohol are almost triple the number of deaths in road traffic collisions across Northern Ireland (962) over the same 10 year period.

The massive death toll from drink has emerged after The Detail examined NISRA figures and collated the 2,633 deaths registered from 2004 to 2013 which directly relate to alcohol consumption.

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Attorney General directs inquest into hospital death

05 AUGUST 2014


NORTHERN Ireland’s Attorney General, John Larkin QC, has directed that an inquest must be held into the death of a West Belfast man warning that “any further delay could have an adverse effect on public safety”.

Last week The Detail reported on the case of 61-year-old Alfie Hannaway who had been on the blood thinning drug warfarin after a major heart operation at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He died of a brain haemorrhage after being re-admitted to the hospital three weeks after his surgery in September 2013.

His death was not initially investigated by the Coroners’ Service for Northern Ireland but was re-opened following a campaign by the Hannaway family.

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alfie hannaway was 61 when he died
alfie hannaway was 61 when he died

Bereaved family campaign for hospital death inquest

01 AUGUST 2014


A FAMILY campaigning for an inquest into their father’s death claim an investigation that highlighted concerns about his medication plan was kept from them for months.

Alfie Hannaway from West Belfast had been on the blood thinning drug warfarin after undergoing major heart surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital last year but died of a brain haemorrhage after being re-admitted a number of weeks later.

The father of eight and grandfather of 19 was 61 when he died.

In a letter to the family last month the Belfast Trust apologised and said: “There were serious deficiencies in the communication regarding your father’s surgery and discharge, and therefore his warfarin management following discharge.”

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Interactive ambulance response time map
Interactive ambulance response time map

Ambulance response times fall amid 'rising demand and cuts in spending’

26 JUNE 2014


AMBULANCE response times have fallen in Northern Ireland, with new figures also revealing 34 incidents where patients whose lives were at immediate risk waited for at least an hour.

The longest delays for emergency care are among the key findings of an investigation by The Detail into ambulance response times based on extensive data relating to hundreds of thousands of 999 calls.

Our analysis has confirmed a wide variation in ambulance response times across Northern Ireland – both by postcode area and health trust.

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