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Health reform: different places, same story
Our politicians have largely failed to progress health reform - due to problems mirrored elsewhere - but their absence does not really make things easier.
Older people: much achieved, so much more to do
Eileen Mullan, outgoing chair of AgeNI reflects on her nine years on the board, and outlines the remaining challenges for older people.
The ongoing perils of our year of non-governance
Stormont collapsed 12 months ago leaving Northern Ireland in stasis while Brexit plans are shaped and the health service crumbles. Here we look at NICVA’s response to a Westminster consultation on the crisis.
Holiday hunger, and how it might be fixed
With most people feeling well stuffed after Christmas, it is a good time to look at those less fortunate, and how many children in NI rely on healthy lunches they get at school that then disappear over the holidays.
Westminster wants a greater say in NI rights
MPs are growing more confident and strident about taking a lead in rights issues in Northern Ireland. Local people, activists and politicians should take notice – the balance on matters like abortion and gay marriage might be about to tip.
Brexit pitfalls for medical science – and patients - are real, but can be avoided
Scope talks with British Heart Foundation CEO Simon Gillespie about concerns for cardiovascular research in the wake of Brexit - and how UK legislators can avoid harming our world-class research sector and the patients that rely on it.
Less uncertainty is a good thing
The Tory-DUP deal at Westminster will remove some of the many layers of uncertainty plaguing local politics and policy – overall, good news for the third sector.
Stroke services require reform
Scope talks to the Stroke Association about why a restructuring in services could provide both improvements in acute care and – crucially – huge benefits in long-term care.
Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens
Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Adult social care needs reform - and the third sector
Older and vulnerable people at risk of becoming isolated from their community and its services can see improved provision.
Transforming Your Care and the third sector
Health reform is moving slowly and faces many difficulties - but it is still moving and there are huge opportunities for the community and voluntary organisations to improve people's lives within the changing structures.
The third sector and 2017: uncertainty and necessity
In a difficult period for NI, community and voluntary organisations will be more important than ever, despite facing huge difficulties. Scope speaks with NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey about the current uncertainty.
Winter warner: increasing pressure on local health services
Last December the Royal College of Nursing said the independent sector is struggling with staffing levels. Scope looks concerns for care of older people as we head into winter.
Outcomes and the Programme for Government
The new PfG - currently under construction, intertwined with sticky negotiations over the Executive - will be "outcomes-based". What does this mean? Surely this can't be new? Scope looks at a new model for all sectors.