Research Papers 2013

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety research papers published during 2013.

Cancer services: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

- Date: 10/12/2013 - Author: Research and Information Service

This paper provides information in response to a Member’s request regarding information on cancer services. As some of the financial data requested is unavailable, the paper focuses on cancer policies and services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It also explores the current level of cross-border collaboration in terms of cancer care and services.

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Waiting Times for Elective Care

- Date: 28/11/2013 - Author: Dr Janice Thompson

This paper provides a starting point for a new programme of work that the Committee has agreed it wishes to take forward concerning waiting times. The paper includes the history of policies, targets and numbers waiting in Northern Ireland and also some detail concerning neighbouring jurisdictions. It also highlights key evidence from a recent OECD study of 13 countries regarding examples of practices that have been implemented to drive down waiting times.

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The Health and Social Care (Amendment) Bill

- Date: 27/11/2013 - Author: Dr Janice Thompson

This paper examines the Health and Social Care (Amendment) Bill that was introduced to the Assembly by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 16th September 2013 and passed the second stage on 24th September 2013. The proposed amendments and the reasons behind them are considered.

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Health inequalities and people with a learning disability

- Date: 13/11/2013 - Author: Dr Lesley-Ann Black

This paper examines the evidence relating to the health inequalities faced by people with a learning disability. It also considers policy developments from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in terms of addressing health inequalities in the learning disability population.

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Tobacco Retailers Bill

- Date: 10/05/2013 - Author: Ray McCaffrey

This paper provides information on the Tobacco Retailers Bill, which will require local councils to maintain a register of tobacco retailers within their area. The paper highlights key provisions within the Bill and, where appropriate, draws comparisons with existing schemes in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Cancelled outpatient appointments: follow-up

- Date: 29/04/2013 - Author: Dr Lesley-Ann Black

This paper provides follow-up information to research paper Consultant-led Outpatient Appointments (Paper 24/13). It also considers Health and Social Care (HSC) performance in terms of outpatient waiting lists and waiting time targets.

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Consultant-led Outpatient Appointments

- Date: 11/02/2013 - Author: Dr Lesley-Ann Black

This paper provides Members with data in relation to consultant-led outpatient appointments in Northern Ireland, paying particular attention to appointments that are cancelled by hospital providers.

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