adminwp December 10, 2005
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The Health Statistics for N Ireland are shocking in many ways: one in three people have a long-standing illness; one in four continues to smoke. Of a population of 1.7 million, there were 1.48m outpatient attendances last year.

 

74% of places in Residential Homes were for older people. The others catered for those with learning difficulties, the mentally ill and the physically disabled. There were 2,500 children being looked after by Social Services (God Help Them!) of whom 13% were in Residential Homes and 61% in foster care.

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Wages are higher in the public (rather than the private) sector and highest in the Utilities (electricity, gas and water services). These industries are also dominated by a Protestant work force. 

Most of the recently heavily-flaunted jobs increase is accounted for by part-time female employees. Unemployment is 4.9% of the labour force and 40% are out of work for at least a year.

Whereas the average weekly wage in England is

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