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Emergency Department waiting times wouldn’t be tolerated anywhere else in the UK

Emergency Department waiting times wouldn’t be tolerated anywhere else in the UK – Beggs Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has again highlighted that the local A&E waiting times would simply not be tolerated in any other part of the United Kingdom. Roy Beggs said: “Between April 2018 and March 2019, 88% of patients in England were treated or admitted within four hours, according to NHS England data. The figure for all the main emergency units across Northern Ireland for just the month of March 2019 was 62.3%. Whilst it’s marginally better than what it was in March 2018, any attempt by the local Department of Health to proclaim some sort of accomplishment would be totally misplaced. “Doctors in England have been warning that patients are ‘dying prematurely’ amid ‘intolerable’ hospital delays there. I am frightened to think what those same doctors would have to say about ours. “I … Continue reading

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Worsening cancer waiting times should be enough to shame Secretary of State into taking action – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said the revelation that there has been yet a further steep deterioration in one of the key cancer treatment times should be enough to force Karen Bradley into taking immediate action on the future of the Assembly. Roy Beggs said: “Cancer treatment targets are set because there is very sound medical evidence that the longer a patient has to wait for diagnosis or treatment, the greater the risk that they may ultimately come to harm. “It is outrageous that in December only 60.5% of patients started treatment within 62 days following an urgent referral for suspected cancer. This is far below the target of 95%. “Earlier this month the Department of Health announced that it would at long last be producing a Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland. Yet it was also clear that the implementation of the new strategy would only be … Continue reading

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Health Department using Brexit turmoil as smokescreen to reveal major stroke announcement – Beggs

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has accused the Department of Health of appearing to deliberately wait until this week to announce changes to stroke services – including the closure of several stroke units – when it knew that Brexit would be dominating the news agenda. Roy Beggs said: “It was in 2017 when the Health and Social Care Board ran an initial 13 week pre-consultation exercise. We were repeatedly told at the time the next set of firm proposals would come in 2018, but that never happened. “Instead it would appear that the Department of Health had intentionally chosen this week some time ago – when it knew that all eyes would be on Westminster for the major Brexit decisions – to reveal what would be the biggest ever shakeup to Northern Ireland’s stroke services. “That also unnecessarily forced local communities, patients and staff to wait … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns those behind Millbrook attack

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has condemned those behind an attack which damaged property and two vehicles in Millbrook, Larne. Roy Beggs MLA said “Whoever was responsible for the attack in the early hours of Sunday morning is to be condemned for their reckless actions. If you have any information that would help the PSNI with their investigations into this attack, I would urge you to call 101 quoting reference 369 24.3.19. Alternatively you can call the anonymous Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.”

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Beggs condemns lawless activity over holiday weekend

Roy Beggs MLA has condemned the Craigyhill assault which resulted in a broken leg and the arson attack on a car on the Coast Road, Ballygally. Roy Beggs said “These two severe incidents could have been even more serious. The gang attack in Craigyhill resulted in their victim jumping from an upstairs window as he feared for his life and he sustained a broken leg. The arson attack on a car resulted in flames spreading to the adjacent home and could easily have spread to other property. When arson occurs, it is difficult to know how far the flames will spread. Thankfully no injuries or fatalities have been reported and the fire didn’t spread to other neighbouring property which was evacuated. I would urge the public to co-operate with the PSNI and pass any information which may be useful on directly to the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 … Continue reading

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