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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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Beggs welcomes scrambler ban for Loughmourne

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party representative Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed assurances provided to him by NI Water that preventative signage will be added to Loughmourne reservoir in an attempt to stop unauthorised scrambler use in the area. Roy Beggs MLA said “I have been contacted by concerned constituents in relation to scrambler use at Loughmourne reservoir, Carrickfergus as there is an adverse impact on public safety, nesting birds and the risk of pollution to the adjacent water supply. I am advised that there is no preventative signage up at present to request that scramblers desist from using the NI Water land to race scramblers. I asked NI Water to give an assurance that they will put up signs indicating that scramblers should not be in the area.” An NI Water spokesperson responded to the UUP MLA, saying “I can now confirm that NIW will erect appropriate prohibition signs around … Continue reading

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Beggs warns local NHS staff could miss out on pay deal

Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that NHS staff in Northern Ireland are likely to miss out on the 6.5% pay increase announced in England as a result of the continuing political stalemate at Stormont. Roy Beggs said: “The UUP has long argued that because health workers here are signed up to the NHS’s wider UK terms and conditions, they should be treated no worse or paid any less than their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales. Yet that is exactly what has been happening for some time and now, with this latest increase of over 6%, the gap is going to widen even further. “I’m glad that the UK Government has at last decided to move away from the arbitrary and discriminatory 1% pay cap for health workers, something which they would have been forced to drop last year had it not been for the … Continue reading

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