Micheal Donnelly, who writes a health column was born and bred in Andersonstown, educated at Scolie Mhuire, and studied medicine in Queen's before fleeing across the Lisburn Road to BT9.
He undertook further training in epidemiology at Oxford RHA/University and Harvard Summer School. He rose to be Deputy Director of Heartbeat Wales. In semi-retirement he has been helping out with the pandemic and writing about its implications for health. Micheal is part of a cadre of public health doctors who have been commenting on the pandemic. He splits his time between Belfast and Durham.
The number of Covid cases is now being translated into occupied beds with 100 per cent occupancy in South West Area Hospital and Antrim and Craigavon not far behind.
THE debacle at the Danske Bank Premiership clash between Coleraine and Ballymena United was but a microcosm of what is beginning to happen with differing advice from First Minister Arlene Foster and Carál Ní Chuilín, Communities Minister.
The debacle at the Danske Bank Premiership clash between Coleraine and Ballymena United was but a microcosm of what is beginning to happen with differing advice from Arlene Foster and Carál Ní Chuilín, Communities Minister.
Dr Michael Donnelly has been following the latest meeting of the Stormont Health Committee as Covid cases soar.
With Trump down (but popping up periodically) with Covid and in hospital and Derry due to lock down, the Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer (‘plan and prepare’) attended the Health Committee at Stormont last Thursday to brief and advise against a background of some non-compliers.
The Assembly Health Committee last Thursday invited Prof Ben Cowling to tell them how the pandemic was being dealt with in Hong Kong. Their invite came amidst local reports of nurses parties, ambulance golf weekends and medical social worker pizza parties, which were thought to be contributing to coronavirus cases, with the upping of Donegal to match Dublin at Level 3.
With the pandemic appearing to get worse the Stormont Health Committee met on Thursday past to consider the effects of Brexit — as if the effects of the pandemic on health were not enough.
The increase of cases per 100,000 of the population has led to a tightening of quarantine in certain postal districts in Belfast, Ballymena, Lisburn and Glenavy.
It is a confusing time not least for followers of the Stormont Health Committee (see video below, meeting starts at 15 minutes) which was to be called over the summer at the behest of the chair but which emerged on Thursday 3 September quietly, without the chairman, to meet the Minister and his advisers.
Covid-19 regulations have claimed the scalp from the pate of EC Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.
Public health measures are not being implemented rigorously enough.
20 million cases and one million deaths being approached before we get a vaccine!
This week has been saddened by the passing of John Hume who was indeed the greatest living Irishman RIP. For the rest of us, it is nearly 500 years since the Spanish Armada shipwrecked upon our shores and this last week Irish Ministers met in Dublin Castle to consider the effects of Irish visitors turning up on Spanish shores where pandemic cases are peaking in Barcelona and in other resorts threatening to wreck holidays.
Many may have heard of public health in this pandemic but what is it and why has Boris said there may be an inquiry and public health reform?
As Robin Swann dons his Orange regalia today to wait by the door for a socially-distanced Orange band to pass, he will be mindful of Sunday newspaper reports that his counterpart Matt Hancock in England is to be sued by relatives of those who died in care homes and that solicitors in Belfast are preparing cases for the relatives of those who passed away in care homes here.