Continuing NI gay blood ban continues the prejudice

The Northern Ireland gay blood ban looks set to continue with the news from the DUP’s health minister, Edwin Poots MLA, that he has received some new research strengthening his position. As reported on the BBC, the minister says he … Continue reading Continuing NI gay blood ban continues the prejudice

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Dispicable blood ban must be lifted in Northern Ireland

Once again, Northern Ireland lags behind progress in the rest of the United Kingdom. The health minister at Stormont, Edwin Poots MLA of the DUP has said that he will not be rushed on lifting the ban on gay men giving blood. Last October, he was quizzed by the health committee in the Northern Ireland Assembly and told them, I am not going to be rushed, pushed or harassed on an issue that is about public safety The Minister continued to state his position: We are not west Brits here: we are Northern Ireland, and we are a devolved Administration. … Continue reading Dispicable blood ban must be lifted in Northern Ireland

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Would you take an organ if you needed one?

Nearly everyone would, but only one in four of us in Northern Ireland have joined the Organ Donor Register. With 300 people waiting for transplants, more people in our community need to take action and sign up. UNISON and the Public Health Authority joined forces last April to take forward an initiative within workplaces to promote organ donation. The goal is to ensure that anyone who needs an organ – be it kidney, heart, or liver – gets one. Anyone who wants to sign up today, please log on to http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk ; telephone 0300 1232 323 ; or text SAVE … Continue reading Would you take an organ if you needed one?

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External link to HIV community is untapped protection market – Unusual Risks – COVER Magazine – Protection and health insurance industry news, commentary and analysis

HIV community is untapped protection market – Unusual Risks – COVER Magazine – Protection and health insurance industry news, commentary and analysis

The most unnecessarily underinsured group in the UK is the HIV community, according to specialist advisers Unusual Risks. Research by the advisers through the Terence Higgins Trust, estimates that 82% of HIV positive people in the UK have no Life … Continue reading HIV community is untapped protection market – Unusual Risks – COVER Magazine – Protection and health insurance industry news, commentary and analysis

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HIV Charity closure seems to be result of devolution

The Tyddyn Bach Trust respite centre in Penmaenmawr in Wales which has provided much-needed respite care for over 2,000 individuals and families affected by HIV since 1997 closed its doors. As a former trustee of Northern Ireland’s leading HIV charity, The HIV Support Centre, I have some idea of how difficult it can be to get funding from health authorities and others to support your work. The MP for Aberconwy, Guto Bebb, said that it was a tragedy the centre had to close. He suggested that the closure is an unintended result of devolution within the United Kingdom. Clients coming … Continue reading HIV Charity closure seems to be result of devolution

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