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McKinney: Department needs to explain why we are paying for NHS operations twice

SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has today said that he is appalled to learn that there were nearly 170,000 appointments cancelled by hospitals last year. At the same time there were a record number of independent sector appointments – just over 91,000 which is a 66% increase since 2010.
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McKinney: Minister must take up free cancer drugs offer

SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has said that cancer patients are becoming increasingly concerned and angry over lack of equal access to cancer drugs. So far 39 cancer drugs that are available in England are not available here.
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Dallat wishes Speaker well as he moves on

John Dallat of the SDLP who is the longest serving Deputy Speaker of the Assembly has paid tribute to Willie Hay while Speaker of the Assembly.
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Durkan slams “downright shabby politics” of Farry over Magee expansion

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said it is “absolutely wrong” to use the expansion of higher education to make a political point and has accused the Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry of “downright shabby politics” over his pronouncement that expansion of Magee in Derry is “off the table” indefinitely.
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Attwood: Bonfires not wanted and should not be built again

SDLP West Belfast MLA Alex Attwood has said that bonfires are not wanted by the community and represent a way of recognising the Past that we should move away from.
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