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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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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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Department of Health Brexit briefing provides a degree of reassurance – Beggs

Following a detailed Department of Health briefing on its Brexit contingency planning, Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has said he was glad to receive a degree of reassurance that there is significant planning taking place for when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Roy Beggs said: “Brexit will inevitably have major implications for health and social care across Northern Ireland. A no-deal exit in particular could have a drastic effect on patient care as the availability of staff, medicines and vaccines could all be impacted if not adequately planned for and managed. “During the briefing I was reassured to learn that a degree of stockpiling of key drugs and medical devices has already occurred, as well as planning for other time-sensitive medicines in order to minimise risks to patients. “Last week I revealed there were almost 7,500 vacancies across the local health and social care system. It … Continue reading

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Yes, I donate. Do you?

At the start of Organ Donation Week, UUP Health Spokesman Roy Beggs MLA has highlighted the importance of increasing the number of organ donations. He has also again called for an urgent return of a local devolved government so that Northern Ireland can follow the successful soft opt-out organ donation model that has now been approved in Wales, England and recently Scotland. Roy Beggs said: “In the absence of the soft opt out scheme that has been legislated for in the rest of the UK, I would urge everyone to join the local organ donation register by phoning 0300 123 23 23, joining on-line or by completing a form. It is important to join the scheme and speak to family members so that they know your intentions. It is a selfless act and no one knows if their own family member will need a donation from someone else in the … Continue reading

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