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Worsening cancer waiting times should be enough to shame Secretary of State into taking action – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said the revelation that there has been yet a further steep deterioration in one of the key cancer treatment times should be enough to force Karen Bradley into taking immediate action on the future of the Assembly. Roy Beggs said: “Cancer treatment targets are set because there is very sound medical evidence that the longer a patient has to wait for diagnosis or treatment, the greater the risk that they may ultimately come to harm. “It is outrageous that in December only 60.5% of patients started treatment within 62 days following an urgent referral for suspected cancer. This is far below the target of 95%. “Earlier this month the Department of Health announced that it would at long last be producing a Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland. Yet it was also clear that the implementation of the new strategy would only be … Continue reading

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Health Department using Brexit turmoil as smokescreen to reveal major stroke announcement – Beggs

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has accused the Department of Health of appearing to deliberately wait until this week to announce changes to stroke services – including the closure of several stroke units – when it knew that Brexit would be dominating the news agenda. Roy Beggs said: “It was in 2017 when the Health and Social Care Board ran an initial 13 week pre-consultation exercise. We were repeatedly told at the time the next set of firm proposals would come in 2018, but that never happened. “Instead it would appear that the Department of Health had intentionally chosen this week some time ago – when it knew that all eyes would be on Westminster for the major Brexit decisions – to reveal what would be the biggest ever shakeup to Northern Ireland’s stroke services. “That also unnecessarily forced local communities, patients and staff to wait … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns lawless activity over holiday weekend

Roy Beggs MLA has condemned the Craigyhill assault which resulted in a broken leg and the arson attack on a car on the Coast Road, Ballygally. Roy Beggs said “These two severe incidents could have been even more serious. The gang attack in Craigyhill resulted in their victim jumping from an upstairs window as he feared for his life and he sustained a broken leg. The arson attack on a car resulted in flames spreading to the adjacent home and could easily have spread to other property. When arson occurs, it is difficult to know how far the flames will spread. Thankfully no injuries or fatalities have been reported and the fire didn’t spread to other neighbouring property which was evacuated. I would urge the public to co-operate with the PSNI and pass any information which may be useful on directly to the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 … Continue reading

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Beggs express sympathy with family of A8 car crash victim

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs has expressed his sympathy and condolences with the family of the victim of a car crash on the A8 at Ballynure on Saturday morning. Roy Beggs MLA said “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death on Saturday as a result of the collision on the A8 dual carriageway near Ballynure. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends affected.” Ends

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Beggs welcomes announcement on cancer strategy

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Health is to commission a new cancer strategy for Northern Ireland but has warned that the ongoing absence of a Minister will inevitably result in further avoidable delays. Roy Beggs said: “It is shameful that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have a cancer strategy. “Targets are set for cancer treatment because there is very sound medical evidence that the longer a patient has to wait for diagnosis or treatment, the greater the risk that they may ultimately come to harm. That’s what makes the fact that Northern Ireland is missing so many of its key cancer targets so serious and inexcusable. “It’s also a disease that is increasing rapidly – 1 in 2 people across Northern Ireland born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during … Continue reading

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