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Clarity needed from Department and Regulator on I-SEM Delay – Beggs

Roy Beggs MLA has called on the Utility Regulator and the Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy to ensure that certainty is created for all Electricity Generators in NI follow the announcement by SONI that the new I-SEM electricity market is being delayed by 4 months. Roy Beggs MLA said, “I am astonished to learn that a decision by SONI to delay the new Electricity market I-SEM by 4 months was made on 17th April without any explanation of its implications in terms the contractual payments for our Electricity Generators and their employees. The statement has been silent as to what alternative arrangements will be in place. To ensure stable electricity generation and supply to customers, there is a need for certainty going forward as to how electricity generation will be managed and paid for. This is particularly relevant for my constituents working at AES Kilroot and on … Continue reading

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Beggs receives confirmation that part of North Road is to be resurfaced this summer

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs having received complaints from constituents regarding the poor condition of the North Road, Carrickfergus and lobbied for improvements has received confirmation from Transport NI that the North Road between Prince Andrew Way and the B90 top road at Marshallstown is included for resurfacing this summer. Roy Beggs MLA had contacted Transport NI , stating “The North Road, Carrickfergus, suffers as a result of numerous road openings associated with new mains water pipes which were previously installed. As the ground has settled, an uneven road surface has developed. I understand that this is the second busiest road in Carrickfergus and yet it has a very poor quality road surface. I would highlight in particular the section of road between Prince Andrew Way and the B90 Marshallstown Road. I would ask that it would be considered for a resurfacing programme.” A Transport NI official … Continue reading

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Ambulance response times continuing to deteriorate – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the continuing deterioration in ambulance response times is putting public safety at risk. His warning came after he discovered that during January 2018 only 39% of Category A calls were responded to within 8 minutes, far below the target of 72.5%, and a drop of 12% compared to the same period 12 months earlier. Roy Beggs said: “The importance of ambulances and paramedics arriving on time really cannot be emphasised enough. The longer someone has to wait for assistance in an emergency, the greater the risk there is of them coming to serious harm. “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service itself describes Category A calls as ‘the most serious calls, where there is, potentially, an immediate threat to life.’ “It is outrageous therefore, that whilst the official target is that 72.5% should be responded to within 8 minutes; in January 2018 … Continue reading

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Greenisland House to open in May – Beggs

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed an update he received from Choice Housing relating to the keenly anticipated opening of Greenisland house, which states that the building will be ready for occupation from Monday 14th May 2018. Roy Beggs MLA said “I am advised by Choice Housing that the £4.2m dementia friendly supportive living accommodation at Greenisland House provided in conjunction with the NHSCT and Triangle will be ready for occupation on the 14th May, with 15 tenants waiting to take up occupancy and a further 6 households to be made an offer of accommodation. I had pressed for investment in supported living at the Greenisland House site when the residential care home at the same location closed its doors a number of years ago. This announcement is a welcome investment in supported living at Greenisland House within East Antrim and I am pleased that the … Continue reading

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Latest cancer waiting times lay bare the tragedy of what is happening across our health service – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said the latest publication of cancer waiting times, which confirmed a further pronounced deterioration in treatment times, illustrates the human tragedy that is gripping the local health service. Roy Beggs said: “Cancer is a disease that thrives in a vacuum, so the sooner it is detected and treatment can begin, the better the chance a patient has of a successful outcome. “It is deeply disheartening therefore to learn that the latest cancer waiting times have suffered a further major deterioration. “Compared to twelve months ago, the two key targets which cancer services are measured against have both worsened. It is outrageous that in December only 66.4% of patients started treatment for cancer within 62 days following an urgent referral – a further fall of over 2% on the year before, and despite the target being 95%. This is shocking and completely unacceptable. … Continue reading

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