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Tackling inequality in healthcare is a priority: Poots

By Lisa Smyth

The Health Minister has said every child in Northern Ireland deserves the best start possible in life.

Edwin Poots said it is unacceptable that life expectancy of children is determined by the area where they are born and raised.

The minister was speaking as he visited the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership (CNP) in Dunmurry.

The Colin area in west Belfast is the largest deprived area here. The CNP plays a key role in addressing health inequalities and is promoting an early intervention community. Early Intervention includes services supporting attachment and the early years.

An example of early intervention is the Parents Support Project, which will provide information on parenting, how babies' brain develop, and how to nurture a secure attachment between mother or father and baby.

Mr Poots said: "While there have been advances in public health, with life expectancy rising overall, there is still a continuing health gap. Tackling these health inequalities is a priority for me."

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