Covid numbers shoot up again

AFTER WEEKS of falling dramatically, by up to 30 percent at a time, the number of Covid cases in Fermanagh has shot up again this week.  In fact, the south of the county now has the third highest rate of infection in the North.  There have been 241 positive cases in the Fermanagh and Omagh […]


Further health strikes to hit SWAH next week

FURTHER strike action has been scheduled to take place at SWAH this week after failed negotiations between health unions across the North and the Department of Health.  From 10am to 2pm on Friday, all Unison members from the Western Trust at SWAH, Omagh Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital. Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary of Unison said, “The […]


Don’t use us as political football, says health union

ON Monday members of Unison, gathered once again at the picket line to demonstrate their frustrations over pay parity and staffing levels, with further action to cause serious disruption across all boards of the local community and SWAH.  Members of the union have demanded that the health service “should not be used as political leverage,” […]


Nurses gearing up for strike action over pay

NURSES may take industrial action in the  coming weeks over staffing levels and pay. There are currently around 3,000 vacancies across the North, including hundreds in the Western Trust area, with shortages placing extra pressures on staff to patient ratio.  There are fears that strike action could have a devastating effect on the local health […]

Local families celebrate cystic fibrosis ‘wonder drug’

A life-changing cystic fibrosis drug has been made available here in the North has been widely welcomed by local parents.  Declared as a “wonder drug” which can help extend and improve the lives of children living with the condition, Orkambi has not been available on the NHS as it was deemed too expensive. Following negotiations […]



THERE are fresh fears for the future of services at SWAH after it was revealed the Western Trust has to find £20 million in savings by early next year. Once again the people of Fermanagh are gearing up for a battle against health cuts after it emerged the Western Trust has been told it urgently […]