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Bradley calls for consultation extension into stroke and breast assessment services

SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley has called on the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, to extend the consultation period into breast assessments at the Craigavon Clinic and stroke services at Daisyhill hospital due to the interference of purdah.
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Mallon: Stalemate blocking welfare scrutiny

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon has welcomed the news that MPs in Westminster have begun a joint inquiry into the impact of welfare reform in Northern Ireland, but said claimants here should be able to look to MLAs they have elected and the Assembly to scrutinise welfare reform and defend their rights. The joint inquiry by the Northern Ireland Affairs and Work and Pensions Committees will consider the impact of the welfare mitigation package, the operation of Universal Credit (including alternative payment arrangements) and the effect of the two-child limit.
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Eastwood welcomes longer Brexit extension

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA welcomed the ‘flextension’ to Brexit proposed by European Council President Donald Tusk and agreed by EU Leaders last night.
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Durkan: Nurses’ pay crisis and safe staffing concerns requires urgent action

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has urged people to attend their local trust meeting next month, to address the current nurses’ pay crisis and subsequent threat to public safety. Hosted by the Royal College of Nursing between 6th-13th May, these events hope to engage and inform the wider public on how this crisis has negatively impacted the safe and effective delivery of care for patients.
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Statement from Leaders of SDLP and Fianna Fáil on the 21st Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

The Leaders of the SDLP and Fianna Fáil have called on all parties to embrace the spirit of power-sharing which led to the Good Friday Agreement 21 years ago today. Colum Eastwood and Micheál Martin have branded the failure to deal with the crises in health, education and Brexit in the North a ‘betrayal of the Agreement and those who voted for it’.
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