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Children in NI face plenty of problems (part two)
The second half of our look at NICCY’s Statement on Children’s Rights in NI focuses on safeguarding – including protections from child sexual exploitation and bullying, and fair treatment for those subject to immigration control.
Just what the doctor ordered?
Big Lottery has just announced a £3 million grant to a social prescribing project covering Northern Ireland and Scotland, Scope asks if its money well spent.
Children in NI face plenty of problems (part one)
The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) has just released a comprehensive report on the problems faced by local children right now. It deserves close attention.
The health system needs to work for everyone
Over 100 people with learning disabilities die unnecessarily in UK hospitals every month. This needs to change.
Why we should be more upbeat about health reform
Most health experts in England were scratching their heads this week at Theresa May’s much trumpeted £20 billion anniversary present to the NHS.
Hearing loss can be devastating - it can also be helped
It's Deaf Awareness Week, and Scope spoke with Action on Hearing Loss about a vital service which helps older people feeling lonely and desperate - a service searching for more funding and volunteers.
Secular disagreements and the risk of circular discussions
Northern Ireland - like much of the world - is becoming more secular. However, this means different things to different people, which makes the process more difficult.
It's time for a grown up debate about how we pay for care
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the time has now come for a full, mature and honest debate about how we pay for social care
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.
Hearing loss and GPs – missed appointments and misunderstandings
Why does the local health service have some astounding obstacles to helping people with hearing loss?
Health: the spending dilemma
Senior health officials will be wrestling with an extremely tricky dilemma this week.
Diabetes is a problem – and emblematic of the challenges in health and care
The NI Audit Office report released this week outlines 15 years of missed opportunities to improve diabetes care. The findings serve as a cautionary tale for the ongoing failures in wider health reform.
Health: protestors can be part of the problem
The health service is 70 years old this July. Last weekend thousands gathered in central Belfast to protest at its current malaise.