Investigations & Analysis - Northern Ireland
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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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Health Minister, Edwin Poots

Questions raised over Health Minister's cancer drug stance

22 JUNE 2014


THE Department of Health’s position on the availability of cancer drugs in Northern Ireland has been questioned by a group representing the pharmaceutical industry.

There are currently 38 cancer drugs available to patients elsewhere in the UK that are not readily available to seriously ill people in Northern Ireland.

However in a letter to Stormont’s health committee obtained by The Detail a leading pharmaceutical group said there is already an agreement with the UK government that had the potential to give Northern Ireland greater access to cancer medicines.

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Disparity in dementia diagnosis across Northern Ireland

17 JUNE 2014


Figures mapping out where people have been diagnosed with dementia throughout Northern Ireland have identified gaps where many may be going untreated.

Our analysis of government data drawn from every GP practice in Northern Ireland shows there is a wide variation in the number of people diagnosed with dementia.

The figures reveal that across Northern Ireland as a whole 16 patients per 1,000 aged 45 or over are listed by their GP as having some form of dementia.

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There are currently 18 homes with 240 permanent residents within the review

Health trusts to look again at future of care homes

12 JUNE 2014


HEALTH trusts are being asked to revisit their admissions policy for older people going into residential care homes across Northern Ireland.

As part of fundamental reforms of how health care is delivered here, a number of homes had been earmarked for closure, but following a public outcry a fresh consultation on the matter was announced in August 2013.

The Health and Social Care Board today approved new criteria that will be used to decide whether or not a home should allow new patient admissions.

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