Did 20,000 people participate in an anti-abortion march in Belfast?

CLAIM: 20,000 people marched for a pro-life event in Belfast on 7 September 2019.

CONCLUSION: UNSUBSTANTIATED. The figure provided by the event organiser cannot be substantiated. However, the accompanying rally event at Custom House Square could not have been attended by more than the venue capacity of 5,000 people. Continue reading Did 20,000 people participate in an anti-abortion march in Belfast?

Northern Ireland outpatient waiting lists 100 times more than England’s?

CLAIM: 105,486 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland, which is 100 times more than in England, with its population 30 times greater.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. 105,486 and 1,089 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland and England, respectively. The estimated population of Northern Ireland and England is 55,977,178 and 1,881,600, respectively. Continue reading Northern Ireland outpatient waiting lists 100 times more than England’s?

Is a food bank feeding 1 in 5 in Enniskillen?

CLAIM: Food bank in Enniskillen now feeding 1 in 5 people in the town.

CONCLUSION: INACCURATE. A formula by Trussell Trust results in 1,079 delivered food bank parcels representing an estimated 540 unique users. This would represent 9.8%, or 1 in 10, of the population of Enniskillen town. Continue reading Is a food bank feeding 1 in 5 in Enniskillen?

96% population growth by those aged 65+?

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CLAIM: By 2026, 96% of the projected population growth in Northern Ireland will be represented by people aged 65 and over.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. NISRA has published a projection of an increased population of 77,587 people; the 65+ age profile will see the largest change. Continue reading 96% population growth by those aged 65+?

Only 84 children adopted in Northern Ireland?

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CLAIM: There were 84 children adopted in Northern Ireland in 2018.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. EJ Havlin’s claim referred to the number of adoptions from care; in total, 91 children were adopted in Northern Ireland in 2017-18, which is a low number compared to other years. For 2013-17, Northern Ireland had a lower adoption rate than the rest of the UK, but was similar to that of Ireland. Continue reading Only 84 children adopted in Northern Ireland?

As many appointments cancelled by hospital as patient no-shows?

CLAIM: Almost as many health appointments were cancelled by hospitals as were the result of patients not turning up.

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. In 2017/18, hospitals cancelled more appointments (175,428) than patients not showing up (139,351). However, in the same period, patients cancelled notably more appointments (207,960) than hospitals did. Hospitals account for 34% and patients 66% of all appointments scheduled but not held. Continue reading As many appointments cancelled by hospital as patient no-shows?