Monthly Archives: July 2018

Beggs welcomes Northern Ireland Primary Eyecare Assessment & Referral Service roll out for the Northern Trust

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has welcomed assurances provided to him by the Health & Social Care Board that the regional roll out of the Northern Ireland Primary Eyecare Assessment & Referral Service (NIPEARS) to address one of the longest specialist waiting lists, is to extend to both the Northern and South Eastern Trusts by the end of the current financial year. Roy Beggs MLA said “I am aware of the excessively long waiting lists for eye treatment and the positive effects of specialist eye treatment provided locally by the new Northern Ireland Primary Eyecare Assessment & Referral Service (NIPEARS). NI PEARS also provides secondary care Ophthalmology services where necessary. 23,506 Ophthalmology patients in Northern Ireland as of the 31st March 2018 were awaiting their 1st consultant led outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland. 18,784 of which have waited over 9 weeks, with approximately 40% (9,537) of the … Continue reading

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Underwear shared at Northern Ireland care home despite order to stop

Rose Court care home By Lisa Smyth July 18 2018 Residents of a care home owned by Runwood Homes were sharing underwear five months after health inspectors ordered that the practice should stop, it can be revealed. Inspectors from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) discovered residents at Rose Court care home had to share underwear during a visit in December last year. At the time, they told management that the use of communal net underwear by people who are incontinent must stop immediately. However, when they returned to the facility in Ballymena, Co Antrim again, at the end of April, they discovered that communal underwear was still being used. During the same inspection in April, the RQIA inspector was also forced to intervene after he noticed staff were crushing biscuits into cups of tea for residents who had difficulty swallowing. It is the latest shocking failure by Runwood … Continue reading

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Banks ‘should provide a local presence’ – Beggs

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has met with Danske Bank officials following an announcement that the Larne branch is to close. The East Antrim representative also sought reassurances on the future of the Carrickfergus branch. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Beggs said: “Danske Bank officials that I met were forthright in advising that the Larne branch was closing as the level of footfall and business had resulted in the branch not being sustainable. They indicated that branches were under pressure as a result of the increasing use of online banking, and infrequent visits by customers. Danske Bank was instead investing in online and mobile banking to meet the needs of customers of the future. They also indicated the high cost of an under utilized large town centre sites and the high level of competition from other banks/building societies locally. “Danske Bank customers like myself will have to assess the level … Continue reading

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Beggs meets with Danske Bank officials to express concern at Larne branch closure

Roy Beggs MLA has met with the Danske Bank Officials expressing his concern following their decision to close the Larne Branch and sought reassurance on the future of the Carrickfergus Branch. Roy Beggs said, “Danske Bank officials that I met were forthright in advising that the Larne branch was closing as the level of footfall and business had resulted in the Branch not being sustainable. They indicated that branches were under pressure as a result of the increasing use of online banking, and infrequent visits by customers. Danske Bank was instead investing in online and mobile banking to meet the needs of customers of the future. They also indicated the high cost of an under utilized large town centre sites and the high level of competition from other banks/building societies locally” Danske Bank officials asked that any customers who had concerns about the new arrangements should contact the bank to … Continue reading

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DUP, Sinn Fein and SDLP not represented at Stormont legacy meeting – ‘It’s pretty shocking’

Only nine MLAs attended the event at Stormont. By Gareth Cross July 5 2018 Only nine Stormont MLAs attended a meeting at Stormont on Thursday to discuss the public consultation on legacy issues in Northern Ireland. UUP MLA Doug Beattie said that no representatives from Northern Ireland’s three largest parties the DUP, Sinn Fein or SDLP attended the event. The meeting was hosted by the Secretary of State’s team to brief MLAs on the public consultation into Northern Ireland’s Troubles legacy issues. Mike Nesbitt: 47,000 injured in the Troubles risk becoming forgotten tribe  MPs launch inquiry into protecting British Army veterans from Troubles prosecutions Northern Ireland Office in legal move to keep evidence for legacy cases  The consultation document outlines plans for a Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) which would investigate over 1,700 unsolved murders from the conflict. The plans also include the setting up of an Independent Commission on Information … Continue reading

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