Suicide deaths in Northern Ireland highest on record
29 Jul 2016Andrea Thornbury Detail DataSuicide, Health
THREE hundred and eighteen suicides were registered in Northern Ireland during 2015 – the highest annual death toll since records began in 1970.
Multiple Sclerosis: the wait to be seen
15 Feb 2016Andrea Thornbury Detail DataOpen Data, Health, Multiple Sclerosis
The mental and physical health of thousands of people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Northern Ireland is being put at risk by long waits for appointments with specialist doctors.
Older people: "undervalued, unappreciated, patronised"
8 Oct 2015Nick Garbutt Sector Issues, Health
Claire Keatinge has plenty to say as she reflects on her four years in office as Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.
Health reform quietly gathers pace
25 Sep 2015Nick Garbutt Health, Sector Issues
Behind the headlines progress is being made in implementing the flagship Transforming Your Care programme, Scope reports.
Should we have the right to die on our own terms?
5 Aug 2015Ryan Miller Health, Social Policy, Equality
Debate about right to die - and the right to help our loved ones do so, if they wish - is growing in the UK. Scope looks at a deceptively simple point of principle and its complex fine details.
Crisis Fund: can a little go a very long way?
31 Jul 2015Ryan Miller Health, Mental Health, Sector Issues, Community Relations, Funding
Earlier this year OFMdFM released a small amount of funds to help vulnerable ethnic-minority migrants in crisis. Scope speaks with fund administrators the Red Cross about its success.
NI health trusts ‘able to sideline abuse cases at will’
3 Jul 2015Ryan Miller Health
Scope looks at claims that the joint protocols between health and justice officials over the management of potentially criminal abuse encourage cover ups in local trusts.
Human Rights Commission report: Transforming Your Care
17 Jun 2015Ryan Miller Health
The recent HRC inquiry into Emergency Health Care has reinforced that Transforming Your Care has stalled. Scope looks at some of the reasons why.
The shocking truth about Transforming Your Care
17 Jun 2015Nick Garbutt Health
Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards.
A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all
16 Jun 2015Ryan Miller Health, Equality, Social Policy
There won’t be huge political fanfare, but a recent DHSSPS decision to increase access to free healthcare amongst vulnerable groups will save money and improve everyone’s health. Scope looks at why.