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McLaughlin: West of the Bann struggling with skills deficit

Northern Ireland’s skills deficit is closely linked to its geography, with the strongest skills based in and around Belfast – while the areas West of the Bann have some of the highest proportions of adults with no qualifications, analysis of official statistics reveals.
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McLaughlin welcomes medical school progress

SDLP MLA for Foyle Sinead McLaughlin has welcomed the statement from health minister Robin Swann that progress is being made on Magee Graduate Entry Medical School and she called on people in the North West to continue to place pressure on all politicians to ensure the Department of Health supports proposals and enables the school to open in September 2021.
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Eastwood urges calm following coronavirus confirmation

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has urged people to remain calm and continue to keep hospital appointments in line with medical advice after the Chief Medical Officer confirmed the first case of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland. Mr Eastwood said that the local Health Service has been preparing for Coronavirus testing and that he has full faith in the robust infection control measures that are in place.
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Bradley: waiting lists symptom of health service in crisis

SDLP Health Spokesperson, Sinead Bradley MLA has said that escalating waiting times across the North is yet another symptom of a health service in crisis.
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Durkan urges Minister to scrap “two child” benefit rule

SDLP Social Justice Spokesperson, Mark H Durkan MLA has urged Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA to scrap the callous “two-child” benefit cap, raising the important issue at the Communities Committee.
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