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Westminster must take control of health after further slump in cancer treatment times – Beggs Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has said that if there is no Stormont deal by Monday the UK Government must step in to take immediate control of health matters. He was commenting after it was revealed that only 48% of patients commenced their first treatment after an urgent referral for suspected cancer within the 62 day target. Roy Beggs said: “Cancer is a cruel disease that often thrives during periods of delays in diagnosis and treatment. “The latest waiting times are frightening and once again illustrate the tragedy of what is happening across our health service. Of the 202 patients that waited longer than 62 days for treatment in September 2019, over a third were later diagnosed with urological cancer. “It is ridiculous that it even has to be said but saving lives … Continue reading

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Beggs expresses concern at number of car park penalty charges issued at Laharna Retail Park East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has expressed concern at the double digit complaints he has received regarding automated car park penalty charges that have been issued by Smart Parking in relation to the Laharna Retail car park, Larne. Roy Beggs MLA said, “Shoppers in Larne have been used to the free car parking at the Laharna Retail Park and are not noticing the new car parking signage highlighting the three hour restriction which operates 24 hours a day. There is also no free car parking in the evening or overnight. I myself have been contacted by a significant number of constituents who are feeling aggrieved having not noticed the new signage. Whilst I recognise that private car park owners are able to set their own parking limits, I have written to a … Continue reading

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Beggs saddened at passing of UUP Honorary President May Steele MBE JP East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs has spoken of his sadness at the passing of Ulster Unionist Party stalwart May Steele MBE JP. Roy Beggs MLA said “I knew May Steele for decades – she was a committed and dedicated Unionist who represented the Ulster Unionist Party in the Northern Ireland Forum from 1996-1998 and she also ran for election to both Larne Borough Council and the Northern Ireland Assembly. May served faithfully and diligently as an Ulster Unionist Party Officer and East Antrim Association Officer for decades. She also Chaired the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council (UWUC) and more recently being recognised as Honorary President of the Ulster Unionist Party. May was deservingly awarded an MBE for political and public service, and previously served as Justice of the Peace (JP) for County Antrim. May Steele MBE JP … Continue reading

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Time running out to avert strike action – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has warned that only hours remain to reach a settlement to prevent looming strike action. Roy Beggs said: “The Northern Ireland health service is in the midst of spiralling crisis. Never before have so many people been waiting, and waiting for such unacceptably long periods of time. The delays are only being exacerbated by the debilitating shortages in the local workforce. “The decision last month of the RCN to strike for the first time in their history will not have been taken lightly, yet our health system had become so fractured and so broken that staff felt they were left with no choice but to take a stand. The impact of staffing shortages on patient care was being passively tolerated, rather than rectified, for far too long. “Under any normal democratic circumstances, the final hours before unparalleled strike action would present a major … Continue reading

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Unsuspecting shoppers being caught out at Latharna Retail Park

Roy Beggs MLA has highlighted that a number of unsuspecting shoppers are being caught by the automated Smart Parking controlled fines at the Latharna Retail Park, Larne and are facing fines of up to £100 for staying longer than 3 hours. Roy Beggs said “There had previously been free parking at the Latharna Retail Park, and now many unsuspecting motorists are being caught out by the new automated camera control system. I have been contacted by a number of motorists who have been caught out for a relatively short overstay and received fines of £60 which would rise to £100. If anyone is in a similar situation, please contact my office on 028 9336 2995 as I have been able to have some fines cancelled due to loopholes in legislation.”

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