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Northern Ireland budget: Robin Swann warns delay 'sabotages health service'

Further delays to a Stormont budget would be "tantamount to sabotaging the rebuilding of our health service", the health minister has warned. Robin Swann made the comments in a statement setting out concerns about growing financial pressures. The Northern Ireland Executive had not agreed a new budget when the DUP...
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Coronavirus: Sir Van Morrison takes legal action against Robin Swann

Sir Van Morrison is taking legal action against Northern Ireland's Department of Health and its minister Robin Swann over an opinion piece in Rolling Stone magazine. In the op-ed article, first published in September 2020, Mr Swann criticised Sir Van's stance on Covid restrictions. A spokesperson for Sir Van confirmed...
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NI waiting lists: Robin Swann warns of funding pressure despite £46m allocation

The health minister has announced initiatives to reduce Northern Ireland's hospital waiting lists, but has warned of "significant" funding pressures. Latest figures show there are more than 350,000 people waiting on a first outpatient appointment. Funding of £46m will be allocated for tackling waiting lists covering April to September of...
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Robin Swann: 'It's a good day for unionism in north Antrim'

UUP's Robin Swann won his seat in North Antrim. He was health minister during the Covid pandemic and topped the poll with 9,530 first preference votes. Mr Swann said it was not only a political victory but a personal one after a “challenging two years”.
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Covid-19: Robin Swann 'has authority' to lift restrictions

Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann does have the authority to lift Covid-19 restrictions, the economy minister has said. Mr Swann told other ministers he had received legal advice indicating he cannot lift all of the regulations in the absence of the executive. The executive collapsed after the resignation of...
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Robin Swann considering legal advice over lifting remaining Covid restrictions

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann is considering legal advice over lifting Covid restrictions.He sought guidance following the resignation of first minister Paul Givan last week which also removed deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill from the joint office.While the remaining ministers are still in post they are unable introduce any new business, and can only progress work already in the system.It is believed the advice from the Attorney General Brenda King has highlighted potential legal complications of Minister Swann acting without the wider endorsement of an Executive.Update from Health Minister Robin Swann pic.twitter.com/hVZcCcdLav— Department of Health (@healthdpt) February 10, 2022Executive...
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Robin Swann: Man remanded on death threat charge

A man accused of making an online threat to kill Health Minister Robin Swann has been remanded in custody. William Herbert Hawkes, 44, appeared before Newtownards court on Wednesday. He is charged with making a threat to kill, harassment and improper use of a telecommunications network. Mr Hawkes, from Ardmillan...
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Covid-19: Robin Swann asks for assistance from military

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering a new request for military support to help the health service deal with Covid-19 pressures. It is understood that upwards of 100 military personnel have been requested by Health Minister Robin Swann. The MoD has agreed to several appeals for assistance during the...
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Robin Swann requests military aid in Northern Ireland hospitals

Health Minister Robin Swann has made a new request for military assistance to help relieve Covid pressures in Northern Ireland’s hospitals.Mr Swann has made an official request to the Ministry of Defence to provide combat medical technicians (CMTs) and non-medical staff.It is understood the latest request is linked to increased hospital pressures due to high levels of staff sickness due to Covid.Thousands of workers across the health service in Northern Ireland are currently absent as the number of Omicron cases remains high in the region.Our health and social care system is under severe pressureA Department of Health spokesperson told the...
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