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Saturday 18 April 2015

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Poots urges proactive support to healthcare workers directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots has urged everyone in the HSC and independent health care sectors to proactively support co-workers who have families directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The Minister has appealed to the sector to help provide any practical assistance such as counselling or extraordinary leave that may be required.

The Minister said: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by this devastating storm. 

“We have a duty of care to provide support and practical assistance to the Philippino community in NI who have helped sustain healthcare here over the last number of years. Without their commitment and dedication many services would not have been sustainable.

“To have family members affected by this natural disaster so far away must be very distressing. I know that many people from Northern Ireland will want to show their support to the people of the Philippines and I would urge all staff within the HSC and independent sectors to proactively support their co-workers who are directly affected at this time.”

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