Monthly Archives: February 2014

Minutes of evidence from the Health Committee – Beggs questions PHA on Ovarian Cancer Awareness 19/02/2014

Ovarian Cancer Awareness: DHSSPS Officials and Public Health Agency Mr Beggs: Thank you for the presentation.  The ovarian cancer figures are truly shocking, with a third of women diagnosed at A&E when secondary symptoms show.  I understand that 75% of diagnoses occur when the cancer has already spread.  Therefore, the cancer is more difficult to treat, and the prognosis is not good.  There is then the issue of one third of women initially being misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. In 2013, we were advised by Una Crudden and Target Ovarian Cancer that only 58% of GPs in Northern Ireland were aware of the NICE guidance introduced in 2011.  You have come here to tell us that you sent a letter to GPs today.  Can you explain what you did in between?  Why did it take almost a year to contact GPs? Dr M McCarthy: First, it is not just a … Continue reading

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Escalation measures indicative of deepening A&E crisis – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Party Health spokesperson Roy Beggs has claimed that the instigation of ‘escalation measures’ at the Royal Victoria Hospital is symptomatic of a deepening crisis across Northern Ireland’s accident and emergency departments. The East Antrim MLA was speaking after the Royal had to take the emergency measures when more than 100 people were left waiting in its A&E and many others on trolleys, as well as several other hospitals reporting similar scenes. Roy Beggs, who is also a member of the Health Committee, said; “Only last month the Royal Victoria Hospital declared a major incident when similar pressures to those seen over recent days materialised in its A&E unit. At the time the Health Minister was keen to stress that those pressures were exceptional. Unfortunately recent days have shown that such circumstances are now no longer exceptional and in fact appear to be becoming more regular. “It was not … Continue reading

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Beggs remarks on ovarian cancer delays

At the Assembly’s Health Committee, the UUP member, Roy Beggs MLA, has expressed concern that almost 1 year after an Assembly Debate highlighting delays in diagnosing Ovarian Cancer, Senior Health Officials have only now contacted local GPs highlighting NICE guidance and best practice. Roy Beggs MLA said, “The charity, Targeting Ovarian Cancer, have advised that a third of women are being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer when there are admitted to A&E when advanced symptoms become apparent.  30% of women suffering from the condition were being incorrectly initially diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome.  Indeed, some 75% are diagnosed when the cancer has already spread and treatment outcomes are poor”. One year ago Assembly Members were advised by Target Ovarian Cancer that 42% of GPs in Northern Ireland were unaware of the NICE guidance which had been issued 2 years earlier.  In Northern Ireland there are approximately 160 cases of Ovarian Cancer … Continue reading

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Public urged to back anti-metal thefts Bill

Ulster Unionists are urging support for a proposed Stormont Private Member’s Bill aimed at making metal theft more difficult. There were just over 300 such thefts during burglaries and robberies in East Antrim in two years. Copper and lead were from plumbing and electrical installations and lead from the roofs of schools, churches, businesses and dwellings. PSNI figures show that in the two years to the end of 2012 there were 182 offences in which metal was stolen in the Newtownabbey area, 76 in Larne and 45 in Carrickfergus. MLA Roy Beggs Jnr is consulting on the proposed Bill, which he says would improve the audit trail for the sale of scrap metal. Mr Beggs MLA said: “Legislation has been passed in the Westminster Parliament which further regulates the sale of metal for scrap in England and Wales: the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. Legislation has also been proposed in … Continue reading

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East Antrim’s Roy Beggs MLA backs Cancer Research UK’s campaign to beat cancer sooner

Roy Beggs MLA attended Cancer Research UK’s parliamentary reception to give his backing to the charity’s latest campaign to beat cancer sooner. Now he is teaming up with Cancer Research UK to encourage support for early diagnosis and awareness in cancer. Roy Beggs MLA said: “When cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, treatment is often simpler and more likely to be effective. I wholeheartedly back Cancer Research UK’s call for greater support to help early diagnosis of cancer. Early detection saves lives.  Recently at Stormont, I have learned of the importance of early detection in terms of ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer.  Hearing from patients and family members who have suffered from cancer has been very moving and highlighted the importance of early detection.” “Cancer survival rates have doubled over the last forty years and that is partly because doctors have become much better at spotting the disease early. … Continue reading

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