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Beggs hits out as key cancer targets missed in Northern Trust

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the unprecedented crisis in local hospital waiting times is compromising the safety of patients right across Northern Ireland. He was commenting after Department of Health statistics revealed that at the end of September 2018, a total of 283,497 local patients were waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, and that over 92,000 of those had been waiting for longer than 52 weeks. Roy Beggs said: “Formal targets for treatment across all patient types and specialties exist because it is medically accepted that the longer patients are forced to wait for treatment, the greater the harm they may ultimately come to. “The number of people who are waiting far longer than even the maximum permitted time is at an unprecedented and terrifyingly high level. “Never before in the history of Northern Ireland have so many people been waiting, and for such … Continue reading

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Medical staffing shortage reveals vulnerability in local system – Beggs

Medical staffing shortage reveals vulnerability in local system – Beggs Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said it is ridiculous that the Department of Health believes it must choose between training the right number of doctors or cutting local services. Roy Beggs said: “Northern Ireland has an acute and growing problem of a shortage of key medical personnel. As demand grows, the shortage of doctors will only continue to get worse, making an already difficult problem even more pronounced with every passing year. “It’s been known for some time that we’re in the midst of a workforce crisis in the local health service. There are over 7,000 vacancies across the system and a worrying number of them are for key consultant, GP and nursing posts. “The current problems are a direct result of the failure to workforce plan, combined with the opportunistic actions of private healthcare recruitment agencies. … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns weekend Antiville arson attack

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs has condemned those behind an arson attack which took place on Saturday evening in the Antiville area of Larne. Roy Beggs said; “Someone could have been seriously injured during this arson attack on Saturday night which saw extensive fire damage caused to a house in Antiville. I was relieved to learn that the residents escaped without injury. An arson attack on a residential home could result in a fatality and also could easily spread to neighbouring properties, endangering the homes and lives of neighbours. I would urge the community to come forward and help the PSNI with their investigations. If you think you saw something that could help find out who was responsible for this arson attack, call the PSNI on 101 or alternatively call the anonymous Crime Stoppers number on 0800 555 111.”

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Beggs warns that patient safety being increasingly compromised as a result of unprecedented delays

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the unprecedented crisis in local hospital waiting times is compromising the safety of patients right across Northern Ireland. He was commenting after Department of Health statistics revealed that at the end of September 2018, a total of 283,497 local patients were waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, and that over 92,000 of those had been waiting for longer than 52 weeks. Roy Beggs said: “Formal targets for treatment across all patient types and specialties exist because it is medically accepted that the longer patients are forced to wait for treatment, the greater the harm they may ultimately come to. “The number of people who are waiting far longer than even the maximum permitted time is at an unprecedented and terrifyingly high level. “Never before in the history of Northern Ireland have so many people been waiting, and for such long … Continue reading

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Beggs reveals crisis in breast cancer services in the Northern Health Trust

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has revealed a crisis in breast cancer services in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. In September only 11.9% of urgent breast cancer referrals were seen within 14 days – compared to the target of 100%. Roy Beggs said: “I’ve been aware of a deteriorating situation regarding breast cancer referrals in the Northern Trust area for some months now but I chose not to highlight it in order to avoid unduly raising patient concerns. “But the current situation now has become so serious, and the figures so bleak, that unless immediate action is taken I really am fearful that patients will come to harm. “Compared to April this year when 100% of urgent referrals in the Trust were seen within 14 days, the situation in the 5 months since has collapsed. Initially it fell to 84% in May, slumping to just 59% … Continue reading

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