One common promise the main political parties made during the election now ending in the Republic of Ireland was the promise of "more nurses" - 5,000 being the number suggested. Great idea. Let's hope it's implemented in this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as designated by the World Health Organisation in honour of Florence Nightingale, the woman who launched modern nursing as a profession.
I don't watch football. And yet Sky Sports is practically the soundtrack to my life, because my other half is a lifelong football fan. I may not be looking at the screen, but what is impossible to miss is the massive amount of gambling adverts that blare from the telly.
Pro-life groups have claimed that three professional health bodies that agreed there should be no abortion restrictions up to 24 weeks in Northern Ireland are driven by a pro-abortion agenda.
An independent inquiry into how rogue Northern Ireland breast surgeon Ian Paterson was able to go on performing unnecessary operations for years has uncovered a healthcare system “dysfunctional at almost every level”.
In a searingly honest account of the agony she went through after losing her teenage son to suicide, a Co Antrim mum has self-funded a book about her experience to help the many others going through the same pain.
If you were diagnosed with cancer in the Seventies, the outlook was bleak, with less than a quarter of patients surviving. But with advances in early diagnosis, tests, surgery, medication and radiotherapy techniques, those odds have been turned around, with half of cancer patients now surviving at least 10 years.
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