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News from Northern Ireland

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Political Party Conferences        

October brought the last of the large party conferences in Northern Ireland’s political calendar for 2016. The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) conference took place on 22 October and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on 29 October. Representatives from the General Medical Council (GMC) Northern Ireland office attended both, building on positive working relationships we have had with many local elected representatives across all parties. It was also a key opportunity to develop relations and explain the GMC’s role and priorities to some of the new MLA’s elected at the 2016 Assembly Elections, especially those who are now members of the Assembly Health Committee.

Alan Walker, Head of Northern Ireland Affairs and Arlene Foster, DUP Leader and First Minister

The political conferences also bring together a range of health stakeholders in one place, making it a great opportunity to engage with other regulators and organisations across Health and Social Care (HSC). The UUP conference marked the beginning of the second cycle of political conferences we have attended as part of a GMC-led joint working arrangement; sharing a space with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), Northern Ireland HSC Confederation (NICON), Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Patient and Client Council (PCC). We are pleased all partners agreed to continue this for a second year as it has proven beneficial for engagement as well as reducing costs. We look forward to engaging with other main parties at their conferences in 2017.

 David Brooks, Northern Ireland Affairs Officer, Paula Bradley MLA, Health Committee Chair and Alan Walker, Head of Northern Ireland Affairs

David Brooks, Northern Ireland Affairs Officer and Mike Nesbitt, MLA, UUP leader

David Brooks, Northern Ireland Affairs Officer and Mike Nesbitt, MLA, UUP leader