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Down High Pupils Win Student Healthcare Debate

19th Dec 2019

Year 14 pupils from Down High School won the BHSCT Student Healthcare Debate final at the Mater Hospital last Tuesday. Down High reached the final ahead of 16 others schools. In the Semi-finals, they proposed ‘Cannabis should be made legally available’. In a lively debate with Dromore High School the team convinced the judges they had a good case and progressed to the final.
The final took place on Tuesday 3rd December and the team opposed the motion ‘Vaccinations should be mandated for all’. The opposition from Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry proposed a very strong motion arguing the case however Down High School won the day with a convincing argument based at the heart of medical ethics.
The panel of judges included Dr Duffy, Mr Martin Dillon, Chief Executive BHSCT, Dr Stephen Austin, Deputy Medical Director BHSCT, Mr Terry Irwin, Consultant BHSCT, Dr Rachel Doherty, Consultant Public Health Medicine.