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Call for Healthy Start scheme to be made more accessible – Maeve McLaughlin

17 May, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called on the Health Minister to introduce a similar system to the one in place in Scotland so that pregnant women can have easier access to getting vitamins.

The Foyle MLA and member of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“The Health Minister should introduce a similar scheme to the pilot scheme in Scotland whereby community pharmacies are able to directly dispense vitamins to pregnant women under the Healthy Start Scheme.

“At the minute in the North there is a lot more bureaucracy involved which deters women from accessing these vitamin under our own Healthy Start Scheme.

“The Minister should outline the numbers and percentage rates of pregnant women availing of the free vitamins under the Healthy Start Scheme in the North and implement a similar system to that in Scotland so that more pregnant women will avail of the service.” 

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