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Permanent and compassionate decision needed on use of medicinal cannabis oil – Beggs

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said that following the travesty of Billy Caldwell having essential medication withdrawn and later seized, followed then by the Home Secretary being forced into using an exceptional power to return it, the time is now long overdue for the UK to make a permanent and compassionate decision on the use of medicinal cannabis oil. Roy Beggs said: “It is frankly outrageous that the Caldwell’s were forced to fly to Canada for a six-month supply of the prescribed medication, only for it to be later cruelly seized at the airport. “Charlotte Caldwell has not only been an enduring hero to her son Billy, but also to the thousands of other people across the UK campaigning for an evidence-based approach to the use of medicinal cannabis oil. “In 2018 it is simply not good enough that increasingly archaic legal restrictions were put … Continue reading

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Beggs receives update from Department re: North Road railway bridge

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has received an update from the Department of Infrastructure in relation to his request “for a significant upgrade in warning signage so that visitors driving high sided vehicles are less likely to get caught out” at the North Road railway bridge. The Department of Infrastructure have advised the MLA as follows: “I can confirm that the Department and Translink carried out an audit of the signage on the approaches to North Road bridge in September 2016 and found it to be in accordance with current advice and best practice. There are warning signs on the two approaches to the bridge which clearly indicate the presence of a low bridge stating the maximum height of vehicle which can safely pass under the bridge. There is a responsibility for all drivers to be in control of their vehicles at all times and to pay … Continue reading

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83,000 patients waiting longer than a year for a first appointment is frightening – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has said that the latest waiting times, which once again are the worst on record for the local NHS, are frightening. Roy Beggs said: “With every passing day the crisis in the local health service deepens. Whilst there were severe pressures two years ago, the situation today is wholly unrecognisable compared to even then. “It is scandalous that at the end of March there were over 83,000 patients waiting for over a year for their first appointment with a consultant. The figure has more than doubled in just 18 months and it illustrates the scale of the pace at which the situation is deteriorating. “The reasons for the worsening situation are still the same as they were 2 years ago – a rapidly ageing population, increased demand for services and a fundamental lack of funding. “Whilst some people can talk wishfully of transformation … Continue reading

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Beggs calls for review of warning signage approaching the North Road Railway Bridge

Following repeated vehicle strikes on the North Road railway bridge, Roy Beggs MLA has called for Transport NI to urgently review its low bridge warning signage to end the frequent collisions which has recently resulted in the closure of the Larne railway line and blocked the North Road – one of the busiest roads serving Carrickfergus. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs said “Last week a lorry struck the North Road railway bridge blocking the road and disrupting rail users. A few days later a touring bus has struck the bridge. This is a vital railway bridge, serving the Larne to Belfast railway line and the ongoing repeated collisions are endangering and disrupting commuters. I have written to Transport NI asking for a significant upgrade in warning signage so that visitors driving high sided vehicles are less likely to get caught out.”

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Beggs comments on “The Prevalence of Autism in School Age Children in NI 2018 report

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist Health spokesman has highlighted that the growing numbers of young people that have been diagnosed as having Special Educational Needs related to Autism, requires a response by the Department of Education as a result of the growing need for guidance and support. Roy Beggs MLA said, “There has been a steady increase in the numbers of young people with Special Education Needs related to their Autism diagnosis over the past decade with a significant increase during 2017/18. I would call on the Department of Education to ensure that there is a suitable range of guidance for schools and that accommodation can be made for pupils so that the range of pupils on the Autistic spectrum can benefit from education and be better prepared for future life.” The recently published report on “The Prevalence of Autism in School Age Children in NI 2018” has highlighted that … Continue reading

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