Care home

Families of Drumclay residents ‘in grief’ at closing

FAMILIES with relatives in the Drumclay Care Home in Enniskillen have expressed a type of “grief” as the facility closes its doors on Wednesday (March 31). Drumclay was the place since 2018 where, over 200 local elderly people who were discharged from the SWAH often following a fall or surgical procedure, were brought for care […]

Health unions threatening to strike after pay rise ‘insult’

HEALTH workers in Fermanagh have described a proposal that would give NHS workers a pay rise of just one percent as an “insult.” With unions now threatening strike action after voicing their “disgust” at the plan, fears have emerged that the proposal could lead to local workers quitting their jobs which would add further pressure to staffing levels at […]

Union rep warns against post-Covid cuts to NHS

THE PUBLIC have been urged to be vigilant against any potential cuts to the local health service as it emerges out of the Covid surge. In recent weeks both the Department of Health and the Western Trust have announced their plans for resetting and rebuilding services. Jill Weir, who is a health campaigner and chairwoman […]

Health workers join forces on the picket line at SWAH

Nurses and health workers across all boards at SWAH joined forces on the picket line in a third stage of strike action over pay parity and staffing issues.  Despite the Department of Health urging unions to “defer industrial action” members of the RCN and Unison branches at SWAH came together “for the sake of patient […]


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,” […]


Fears over massive disruption as nurses’ to strike

PHARMACY staff at SWAH kicked off the first leg of industrial action this week, with further strike action by union members to take place over the coming weeks.  Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Dr Anne Kilgallen said, “The treatment and care of our patients and service users will remain our top priority. “We wish […]