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

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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Five-year delay for RVH critical care building

The revelation that a £150m critical care building in Belfast remains largely closed to the public five years after it was due to open has been met with shock and outrage by politicians. The state-of-the-art facility at the Royal Victoria Hospital was due to open its doors in 2012. But the BBC has reported that 10 of the 12 floors of the high-rise building are still awaiting patients and staff. Despite the huge investment in the facility, it is understood that millions of pounds are needed to make the building fit for purpose. The facility was hailed as a “beacon” for the local construction industry, but it has been plagued with delays. According to the BBC, a raft of construction problems have held up completion of the building, including plumbing, waste and electrical systems. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs said the Belfast Health Trust, which has responsibility for the building, … Continue reading

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Cancer patients coming to harm – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that cancer patients are continuing to come to harm as a result of the unprecedented waiting times crisis in the local health service. He was speaking after the latest publication of cancer waiting times statistics by the Department of Health. Roy Beggs said: “Whilst it is clearly a failure of policy that not one of the three cancer targets have been met at any stage over any of the last three months, the bigger tragedy is what this meant for the patients concerned. “Cancer is a disease that cruelly thrives during a period of vacuum, so the sooner it is detected and treatment begins, the better the chance patients have of a successful outcome. The revelation that compared to the target of 95%, only 68.6% of patients in December 2016 actually commenced first treatment within 62 days following an urgent referral … Continue reading

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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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