‘Britain First’ leader Paul Golding
Workers Party representative Chris Bailie has criticised the organisers of a rally to be held in Belfast next week saying that it has little to do with supporting victims and everything to do with providing a platform for racism and homophobia.
Two members of the far right group ‘Britain First’ – including its leader Paul Golding – are due to speak at the event billed as a rally in support of the victims of terrorism. Britain First was founded by members of the far right British National Party (BNP).
‘Britain First’ is a right wing racist gang whose sole objective seems to be to raise racial tensions and attack the LGBT community. Both they and the organisers of this demonstration have nothing to offer the people of Belfast and beyond, except an ultra nationalist racist diatribe and they will use any platform and any opportunity to peddle their hate”, Chris said.
“They single out and blame minority communities for causing economic problems and creating social issues which are none of their making. They oppose humanitarian responses to refugees and asylum seekers but not the air strikes, bombing and wars which forced them to leave their countries in the first place”, added Chris
“This rally and these speakers should be shunned by the people of Belfast. Their appeal is to society’s lowest common denominator. They are neither wanted nor welcome“, Chris concluded
The Party has hosted a discussion with a group of visiting German students from the Potsdam area near Berlin.
The group which is on a one week visit to Northern Ireland met with party members earlier this week to discuss sectarianism, ‘peace walls’ and the EU referendum result .
Monitoring health and risk at home – a life saving service
Workers Party Mid Ulster representative Hugh Scullion has called for the immediate reinstatement of a Northern Ireland wide scheme which helped monitor patients with a range of chronic medical conditions and provided home based monitoring and support for people at risk.
The ‘Telehealth and Telemonitoring’ service first introduced in 2011 has been ended without the contract being renewed despite The Public Health Agency saying that they want to further develop it.
This has been an innovative and important service which provided support and reassurance for vulnerable people and helped to remotely monitor a number of patient conditions such as high blood pressure.
“This highly successful service helped maintain people in the community, kept them out of hospital and reduced the demand on GP surgeries and outpatient clinics”, Hugh said.
“The absence of a functioning Executive and no Minster for Health has ensured that this service has come to an end. This is yet one more example of the impact which the lack of political institutions is having on vulnerable people”, he said.
The Telehealth project has been independently evaluated by a specialist team from Queens University and the Northern Ireland Clinical Trials Unit.
“One of their most dramatic findings was that the mortality rate for those with Telemonitors installed was reduced to 13.9% compared to 33.3% for those who did not have monitors installed. Telemonitors saved lives”, Hugh said
“The withdrawal of this service has greatly increased the concerns and anxiety of patients and their carers.
“I am calling on the Public Health Agency to immediately reinstate this service and to extend it to include mental health where self-monitoring can greatly improve the safety and quality of life for patients and carers”, Hugh concluded.