Durkan: Bloated overtime bills a symptom of false economy in Health Service

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has described the large public expenditure on doctor overtime as a symptom of a failure to increase the number of doctors being trained here. Today it was revealed that large amounts are being spent to pay doctor overtime across the Trusts with one physician in the Southern Trust receiving £153,000 in overtime payments last year. The SDLP response to Executive’s Programme for Government, submitted last week, included proposals to address this issue.
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McGrath: Proposed tuition fee rise unacceptable

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that proposals to increase tuition fees to as much as £6300 per year are unacceptable and would represent a betrayal of young people following the Assembly election.
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McGlone meets with Bank of Ireland over branch closures

SDLP Mid-Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has met with senior Bank of Ireland representatives to discuss their decision to close a number of rural branches across the North. Bank of Ireland announced the closure of eight branches last week.
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Durkan urges young people to sign up to stem cell register

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan is urging more young people in Derry and throughout the North to become ‘potential lifesavers’ by signing up to the UK stem cell donor registry.
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SDLP: Tragedy at Downpatrick clay pigeon event

SDLP South Down representatives have expressed their condolences following a shooting accident at a clay-pigeon event near Downpatrick that has resulted in the death of a man.
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