Health Committee

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

Up-date on Provision of GP Services, Glenarm

East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs has recently been given an update by the Health and Social Care Board regarding the Antrim Coast Medical Practice. HSCB have advised, “Elected representatives will be aware of the upcoming retirement of Dr Glover in Antrim Coast Medical Practice in Glenarm. The Health and Social Care Board has met with neighbouring GP practices in an effort to secure General Medical Services in Glenarm. Consultation with these practices is continuing and the Board will keep elected representatives and patients appraised of the situation. Dr Glover continues to provide GP services to patients of Antrim Coast Medical Practice and patients are encouraged to remain registered with this practice.” Roy Beggs MLA said “It is of concern that there are still no new arrangements for GP services as of yet, for the Antrim Coast Medical Practice patients. However, developments in the Bannview Practice, Portadown, must heighten concerns to … Continue reading

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290 ambulances delayed for 1+ hours in last year at Antrim Hospital

Roy Beggs MLA has expressed his concern at the logjam being experienced by our local hospitals which has resulted in 290 ambulances being delayed for an hour or more during the past year at Antrim Hospital. Roy Beggs MLA said “Antrim Hospital serves a very wide rural area and it is disappointing to learn that on 290 occasions over the past year, Ambulance crews have had to wait more than an hour at Antrim Hospital with a patient on a trolley, and indeed 2hrs on 6 different occasions, before they could hand patients over to the care of the hospital. As well as patients having to waiting on trolleys, this would have meant that Paramedics were not being released to attend a subsequent emergency calls and so this would contribute to delays in ambulances arriving at other emergencies.” This is not as a result of any failing of the Ambulance … Continue reading

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Beggs Questions Health Minister on Delay Discharges at Hospitals and A&E

Mr Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman for East Antrim asked the Minister of Health to “advise how delayed discharge is adversely affecting our hospitals and A&E departments and to state what she is doing about it?” during question time at Stormont this week. In response to Mr Beggs MLA, the Minister said; “It is really important that trusts continue to do absolutely everything they can to avoid delayed discharges. I think they are trying to do everything they can. New initiatives are being looked at for how they can do that; for example, can they have a discharge area that people could be moved to? There are all sorts of issues. There could be family issues or people not being picked up in time. There is a whole raft of reasons. It is important we improve discharges so that we can allow the flow across hospitals to be as effective … Continue reading

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Beggs Continues To Lobby For Investment In GP Services

East Antrim Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has continued to lobby the Health Minister for investment in Helath centres in both Carrickfergus and Larne. Mr Beggs asked the Health Minister “What plans has she to invest in General Practice Centres in Carrickfergus and Larne, to enable more patients to be treated locally?” In response to Roy Beggs, the Minister said “Both Carrickfergus and Larne have also been identified as possible hubs within the Northern Trust area and are included in the Health and Social Care Board’s draft Strategic Implementation Plan which sets out proposals for future investment in primary care infrastructure.  Delivery of these facilities will have to be considered alongside other capital investment priorities and will be dependent on future budget availability, confirmation of value for money, and affordability.” Mr Beggs responded stating “There is a clear need to improve the dated Taylors Avenue and Gloucester Avenue Health Centres. Investment … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes reduction in chimney fires in East Antrim

Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has been provided details of chimney fires attended by the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) over the past three years in response to an Assembly question posed by the East Antrim representative to the Health Minister. Mr Beggs MLA asked the Health Minister  “to detail the number of chimney fires attended by the Fire and rescue Service in each of the last three years.” In the Ministerial response to Roy Beggs it is detailed that the total number of call outs in Northern Ireland have reduced from 1750 in 2013 to 1093 in 2015. Roy Beggs MLA commented saying “It is welcome news that call outs for the NIFRS have reduced by 657 in 3 years in Northern Ireland.  The details provided to me also outline that my constituency of East Antrim has seen a reduction of 24 call outs during the … Continue reading

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