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Durkan expresses ‘wholehearted’ support for Nursing strike action ballot

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has added his support for Royal College of Nurses ballot of members on strike action beginning today. He has criticised the lack of action from prior health ministers and civil servants who have ‘failed to take seriously’ numerous warnings regarding the nurses’ pay crisis and deteriorating working conditions. Earlier this year RCN Director, Pat Cullen declared a crisis in the profession- which she agreed had been exacerbated by pay disparity.
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Durkan: Break the silence around Stillbirth and Neonatal Deaths

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has said that he hopes visible public awareness will help break the silence around the difficult subject of neonatal deaths and stillbirths. Speaking during SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Deaths) Baby Loss Awareness week (9th-15th October.) he said:
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Mallon calls for clarity on no-deal cash

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon MLA has revealed today that Stormont Departments received £31.4m from the British Treasury to plan for a disruptive no-deal Brexit. The North Belfast MLA said that clarity was needed on the detail of the allocations and spend.
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Reilly condemns waterside shooting

Speaking after a man in his 30s was shot in both legs last night in Margaret Street in the Waterside last night, SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly said:
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Eastwood: EU reflecting will of people in Northern Ireland

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said European Union leaders are more in tune with the will of people in Northern Ireland than the British Government or the DUP. Reacting to reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Boris Johnson that Northern Ireland should remain in the Customs Union, Mr Eastwood called on others to listen to the voice of people, communities and business who oppose a border across Ireland.
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