HIV healthcare workers – response from NI Department

Hearing the news that the UK Department of Health is relaxing the current restrictions on healthcare workers living with HIV working in the NHS, I contacted the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the DUP’s Edwin Poots MLA, asking what plans he had for introducing this here in Northern Ireland. Whilst I was having my complementary therapy at Positive Life, a response arrived in my inbox. I was informed of the statement made by a DHSSSPS spokesman earlier today, The Department is aware of the position taken by the Department of Health in England in relation to HIV … Continue reading HIV healthcare workers – response from NI Department

Volunteering with the Scout Association – if I can do it, so can you!

Readers may have begun to wonder if I was ever going to post something more to this blog. It has been a bit far down my priorities in recent weeks. I’ve had a lot to do other than blog on here. Some friends will know that I volunteer with The Scout Association. Since December, I have been working principally with the local Scouts in Bedford, England. Although I live in Belfast, my local role is in based in England. However, thanks to the flexible volunteering policy of The Scout Association, it is perfectly possible for me to carry out the … Continue reading Volunteering with the Scout Association – if I can do it, so can you!

Is the PSNI involved in a gay witch-hunt alongside colleagues in Manchester and Northumbria?

Imagine that you have been convicted of having sex with your partner. Not of rape, just of having normal, loving sexual intercourse. That couldn’t happen in today’s UK could it? And you would be correct that it would be difficult for a charge on that basis to be made against you. But, up until 2003 it was possible, for it was only then that the former offence of ‘gross indecency’ was repealed. Now under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 it will be possible for men (in England and Wales) convicted of or cautioned for that offence, to have it … Continue reading Is the PSNI involved in a gay witch-hunt alongside colleagues in Manchester and Northumbria?