Tag: cuts

Waiting list crisis: Fight to reclaim our NHS!

In April, Health Minister Robin Swann admitted that it could take 10 years to address the waiting list crisis in Northern Ireland. With the suspension and curtailment of many services, the Covid-19 pandemic had a massive impact on waiting lists. Even before this, however, Northern Ireland’s health waiting lists were amongst the longest in Europe, and the longest of any NHS region. 

Overwhelming Victory for Save Our Day Centres Campaign!

By Pat Lawlor – Organiser, NIPSA Belfast Health Branch (personal capacity) On 21 st June, over 200 service users, carers and supporters crammed into a hall at Knockbracken Healthcare Park. After nine months of campaigning, the recommendations on the future of mental health and learning disability day centres were to be revealed by […]

Equal Rights for All Teachers!

by Mary Cahillane, INTO Executive (personal capacity) In December, Stormont Education Minister John O’Dowd announced the creation of a new scheme called Investing in the Teaching Workforce. The scheme allows for five hundred 55+-year-old teachers to retire on full pension and be replaced by new young teachers. A good news story, anyone […]

Left Challenge for Largest Union's Leadership

NIPSA – the largest trade union in the North – is electing a new General Secretary.  The current General Secretary, Brian Campfield, is retiring in January 2016.  This election comes at a vitally important time for the union, the wider trade union movement and the working class in Northern Ireland. The […]