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Beggs condemns Carrickfergus aggravated burglary

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party representative Roy Beggs MLA has condemned those responsible for an aggravated burglary in the Rosebrook Grove area of Carrickfergus which resulted in in the male occupant needing hospital treatment. Roy Beggs MLA said “I condemn those behind the aggravated burglary in Carrickfergus on Wednesday. The occupant of the house who is in his 20’s, was assaulted during the break in had cuts and bruising and I hope that he makes a speedy recovery. I am sure that it was an intimidating and terrifying ordeal for him and I would urge anyone with information to come forward to the PSNI, calling 101 and quoting reference number 485 13/03/19. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, use the independent Crimestoppers charity hotline 0800 555 111. The attackers are described as wearing black balaclavas at the time of the burglary with one being over average height with a … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes announcement on cancer strategy

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Health is to commission a new cancer strategy for Northern Ireland but has warned that the ongoing absence of a Minister will inevitably result in further avoidable delays. Roy Beggs said: “It is shameful that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have a cancer strategy. “Targets are set for cancer treatment 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. That’s what makes the fact that Northern Ireland is missing so many of its key cancer targets so serious and inexcusable. “It’s also a disease that is increasing rapidly – 1 in 2 people across Northern Ireland born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during … Continue reading

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Patients coming to harm as a result of frightening delays – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has said the latest publication of health waiting times reveals the scale of the frightening pressures currently engulfing the local health service. Roy Beggs said: “Our health service is in the midst of a wholly unprecedented crisis – both in terms of scale and severity. “A figure of 95,000 outpatients alone waiting longer than a year to see a consultant, out of a population of only 1.8million, is as staggering as it is terrifying. “The £30m funding package – an attempted short term fix made available through the DUP/Conservative confidence and supply arrangement – has simply not worked. “If these equivalent hospital waiting times were occurring anywhere else in the UK it would rightly cause outrage and be a national scandal, and yet in Northern Ireland it is now simply taken for granted that every publication of figures will be worse than the … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland has gone from trail blazer to straggler on organ donation reform

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said that whilst Northern Ireland was once considered a trail blazer on changes to organ donation, it has now fallen behind to have the most out-dated system in the UK. Speaking after the Organ Donation (deemed consent) Bill for England was passed at Parliament, Roy Beggs said: “Whilst organ donation here continues to have strong public support, unfortunately there remains a shortfall between the number of donors and the actual number of organs needed. “As a result, each and every year in Northern Ireland, there are people passing away whilst waiting for a transplant. Many are perfectly healthy otherwise so it is total tragedy that these people aren’t surviving long enough to receive the life-saving phone call. “I fully appreciate that organ donation is an incredibly sensitive issue, especially at times of great grief and sadness. Yet there are countless cases in … Continue reading

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Local hospital waiting times would be a scandal anywhere else in the UK– Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said that local hospital waiting times would cause outrage and be a scandal if they occurred anywhere else in the United Kingdom. He spoke out after it was revealed that only 62% of patients at Northern Ireland’s main emergency departments were treated and discharged, or admitted within four hours of their arrival. The official target is 95%. Roy Beggs said: “With every passing month our waiting times are growing and set a new record for being the worst in history. “Last year doctors in England were warning that patients there were dying as a result of slightly deteriorating hospital performance times. Yet latest figures suggest that 79% of patients in England were seen within four hours. It was 89% in Scotland. “I shudder to think what those same doctors would say about the fact that Northern Ireland’s rate fell to just 62% … Continue reading

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