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Mr Beggs is a Committee member of the Health Committee (DHSSPS).

Beggs Welcomes Audit of reusable rehabilitation aids

Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party MLA for East Antrim has welcomed confirmation from the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) that concerns about the low return rate of return and reuse of Hospital rehabilitation aids will be examined as part of their upcoming audit of the Department of Health. Roy Beggs said “I contacted NIAO following concerns expressed made to me by a constituent regarding the apparent lack of re-use of Hospital issued crutches, walking sticks, Zimmer frames and other such equipment which many patients may only need temporarily. I share my constituents concern that many of these aids could easily be reused, saving precious NHS funding. A recent reply from the NIAO advised, “Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We will ensure that the issue is examined as part of our upcoming audit of the Department of Health and will get back to you with our findings.” … Continue reading

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Cut to nursing courses a backwards and short-sighted move – Beggs

East Antrim MLA and Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs has criticised as short sighted and backward, the decision of the Department of Health to slash the funding for specialist nurse training at the Ulster University. Roy Beggs said: “It is madness to slash the training of specialist nurses at a time when the Northern Ireland Health Service has been increasing the workload on specialist nurses. Specialist nurses were to be empowered to do more through Transforming Your Care, enabling earlier intervention and so reducing the burden on GP’s and Hospital consultants. There are also already shortages in some specialist areas such as palliative care and advanced life support. “But what makes this unacceptable cut even more short sighted is the demographic time bomb that exists, with over 40% of Health Visitors and District Nurses being over the age of 50. “This cut in funding will immediately lead to a … Continue reading

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Barely half of ambulances in most urgent cases arriving within 8 minutes – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the latest publication of emergency treatment times demonstrates that the lives are being put at risk. In 2016/17 there was a further slump in the number of emergency ambulances arriving within the target time of 8 minutes. Roy Beggs said: “The importance of ambulances and paramedics arriving on time 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 and lasting harm. “In the Northern area there where 109,329 NI Ambulance Service patient journeys in 2016/17, with over a third (35.6%) of these classed as emergencies.” “The target for Category A ambulance calls – which are considered to be the most urgent and life threatening – is that 72.5% should attended within 8 minutes. It is frightening that the Department of Health has now … Continue reading

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Latest waiting times illustrate how ineffectual recent Stormont Health Ministers actually were

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has said the revelation that waiting times in emergency departments have actually marginally improved since the Executive collapsed reveals how ineffectual recent Health Ministers were. Roy Beggs, the Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson, said: “Health waiting times in our accident and emergency departments improved slightly in March compared to the previous year.  As this follows a trend over the last 2-3 years of gradually deteriorating waiting times any improvement is a well-overdue step in the right direction.  I welcome the improved performance at Antrim A7E which has a noticeable improvement on this time last year but further improvement is required to hit the target of 95% of patients being seen within the 4 hour target. Credit must be given to our NHS staff for this improvement despite an increasing workload.” “The irony is that this small improvement was achieved in months where there was no … Continue reading

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Beggs comments on Transforming Your Care failings

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the Bengoa health reforms face the same fate of the ultimately unsuccessful Transforming Your Care policy. The East Antrim MLA was commenting after the Northern Ireland Audit Office published a report which cited the failure to establish a precise action plan, setting out clear measurable aims and objectives together with an appropriate set of performance indicators for assessing its performance, as a major flaw. Roy Beggs said: “No one will be shocked that TYC has not worked out as originally envisaged. My Party warned at the time that without a viable funding plan, and without a set of measurable targets, TYC was unlikely to deliver even a fraction of the commitments it was making. “The central objective of Transforming Your Care was to shift patient care from hospitals and into the community, the so-called ‘shift lift’ policy. The reality is … Continue reading

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