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St Catherine’s WINS the Belfast Health and Social Care Trusts’ Student Health Care Debate

Pictured here are the talented team from St. Catherine’s College who won the Belfast Health and Social Care Trusts’ Student Health Care Debate 2022.

Charlotte Tiffney

Emma Rice

Eimear Finn

Veronica Littlewood

Helen McGrane

Initially, the pupils submitted two 1000-word essays on issues relating to Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. Upon reaching the semi-final of the competition at the end of November, the team had to debate the contentious motion, "Patients attending their GP should pay a charge." The team faced tough opposition from Our Lady’s, Newry and St Patrick's College but emerged as winners, progressing to the final.

For the competition final, the team travelled to Belfast in December to compete against Dominican College Portstewart, debating an equally controversial motion: "Healthcare workers should not be allowed to strike". The St. Catherine’s team, once again, emerged victorious and were praised by the prestigious judging panel which included the BHSCT Medical Director, Dr Chris Hagan. Subject Leader for Health and Social Care Mrs Sinead Grant praised the commitment and knowledge of her pupils, all of whom study the subject at GCE Level: “These were challenging issues and my pupils and I learned a lot from this very worthwhile competition. These pupils will all be valuable assets to the future of HSC in Northern Ireland.”


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