CLAIM: The provision of full-time (equivalent) maternity pay in the UK is among the lowest in Europe.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. In an OECD report, the UK ranked 9th lowest of 33 European countries for “full-rate equivalent” paid maternity leave. Including home care leave (childcare), the UK ranks 4th lowest in Europe. Continue reading Is full-time paid maternity leave in the UK one of the lowest in Europe?
The issue of how COVID-19 vaccines may impact fertility and/or pregnancy continues to be live. Health Minister Robin Swann told the Stormont health committee on 14 January 2021, that an anti-vaccination group targeted young female healthcare staff outside vaccination centres, saying COVID-19 vaccination would affect their fertility. He added that this message was “quite negative, quite wrong, potentially quite damaging”. This was also reported in the local media. Continue reading COVID-19 vaccinations: fertility and pregnancy
CLAIM: The United Kingdom has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. The claim is true, however, the teenage pregnancy rate in Northern Ireland was the lowest within the British Isles in 2014. Continue reading Does Northern Ireland have a high teenage pregnancy rate?