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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.
Power to people, the future of adult social care
This week the Department of Health published the Expert Advisory Panel’s Review into Adult Social Care, Power to People.
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.
Technology must enhance not destroy care for older people
Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland lays out how technology should be used to support our ageing population
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.
How robot seals and intelligent toilets are transforming care for older people
Our oldest people are suffering the most as the health service falters in the face of overwhelming demand.
A health check for our health service
When Sir Liam Donaldson reviewed Northern Ireland’s health care system in 2014 he said politicians were incapable of implementing the necessary reforms.
Entrusting health cuts to the public
The apparent need for £70m cuts in health is bad news - but finding extra cash won't fix the underlying problems, while our trusts have missed a chance to push for reform, and instead have washed their hands of the burden of leadership.
Mental Health: How GPs need to change
All politicians of all parties both locally and in the UK say they want to address the crisis in mental health.
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.
Fostering confidence: the importance of education in care
The children’s care system has always faced an uphill battle but nowadays there is plenty of cause for positivity. Scope talks to the Fostering Network about ongoing reform and successful initiatives.
Voting: not a blind ballot for everyone
The secret electoral ballot is a right some exercise zealously and others waive – but a few people don’t have a choice. Joe Kenny explains.