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

Beggs attends Northern Trust board meeting

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs today attended the Northern Trust Board meeting with Party colleagues Robin Swann MLA & Steve Aiken MLA and learnt of proposed £13m cuts, which are out for consultation until October 5th. Roy Beggs MLA, UUP Health spokesperson said “The Northern Trust plan to avoid high locum and agency staff costs by ‘temporarily’ closing Whiteabbey rehabilitation wards and reduce elective surgery by 2,400. Reducing rehabilitation beds will increase acute hospital bed blocking, further reducing elective surgery & increasing outpatient waiting lists.” The consultation can be found at the following link: http://www.northerntrust.hscni.net/about/2981.htm you can also email equality.unit@northerntrust.hscni.net or telephone 028 2766 1377. Ends

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Beggs welcomes NHSCT efforts to recycle equipment

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has welcomed news from the Northern Health & Social Care Trust where that outlines that they are making ‘every effort to maximise the use of available resources and recycle equipment.’ Roy Beggs MLA said “I had previously been in contact with one of the local Health Trusts in Northern Ireland relating to the apparent reluctance of NHS staff to take equipment which had been provided during temporary illness. I pressed the Trust on what plans they had to provide an organised method of providing convenient collection points, so that the public can be encouraged to return items such as zimmer frames, walking sticks or crutches for reuse. The UUP Health Spokesperson added “Following the welcome news from the Northern Trust in which they advise that they will make every effort to maximise and recycle equipment, I have again contacted the Belfast Trust … Continue reading

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Beggs meets Northern Ireland College of General Practitioners

East Antrim representative Roy Beggs MLA, UUP Health Spokesperson said “ I was pleased to meet Dr. Doran, Northern Ireland Council of The Royal College of General Practitioners to discuss GP pressures, GP-led care report and the urgent need for HSC reform.”

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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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