The British Diabetic Association is to appoint a public affairs
agency to support its work in Northern Ireland. The agency will monitor
information services on developments in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
This will be one of the final moves made by PR head Mark Flannagan who
has spearheaded the charity’s lobbying offensive as the Government
prepares to guarantee standards of healthcare for UK diabetes sufferers
by spring 2000. Fiona Callison, previously Railtrack corporate relations
head, is joining the charity’s Scottish office as a
policy/communications officer. Flannagan’s eight-strong team will be
boosted by two more public affairs officers over the next two months.