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

Beggs welcomes Covid-19 vaccine roll out and urges uptake

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed news of the Covid-19 vaccine roll out which is being led by GP practices and will enable prioritised at risk groups to be offered the protection by vaccination. In the interim, he advises the “community to follow the hands, face, space guidance until their GP works through the highest risk groups and are able to offer you a Covid-19 vaccine.” Roy Beggs MLA continued, “I think it is wise to offer protection to our healthcare workers first given the risks they take on our behalf. This will also reduce the numbers of staff that might have to self-Isolate and would be unable to treat patients. There is clear evidence of the high risks of our elderly citizens in our residential and nursing homes and it is right that they have been offered early vaccinations. I am also aware that in NI, … Continue reading

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Coronavirus wont take a break over Christmas – Beggs

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has urged constituents to remain on guard and carefully choose who you visit and interact with over the Christmas period, when restrictions are temporarily relaxed. Roy Beggs MLA said “Coronavirus doesn’t know of Christmas, so please think carefully what you choose to do. Just because you can do something as a result of relaxed restrictions, does not necessarily mean that you should. If you can, I would urge you to take steps now to limit your community contacts in the lead up to Christmas bubbling, to keep loved ones safe. We all need to restrict our activities and when we go out, do what we can to protect ourselves, our family, our community and in the process help the NHS.” Ends

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Beggs welcomes Business Case approval for new Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Antrim Hospital

Ulster Unionist Party representative Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed the approval of a Business Case for the development of a new Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Antrim Area Hospital. Roy Beggs MLA said “I am glad to hear that the Business Case for the development of the new Mental Health Inpatient Unit on the Antrim Area Hospital site has been approved. This new facility will replace the outdated Holywell and Tobernaveen sites. The new, modern and purpose built facility will have 134 beds and provide a considerable upgrade and replacement.” Ends

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Department of Health Brexit briefing provides a degree of reassurance – Beggs

Following a detailed Department of Health briefing on its Brexit contingency planning, Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has said he was glad to receive a degree of reassurance that there is significant planning taking place for when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Roy Beggs said: “Brexit will inevitably have major implications for health and social care across Northern Ireland. A no-deal exit in particular could have a drastic effect on patient care as the availability of staff, medicines and vaccines could all be impacted if not adequately planned for and managed. “During the briefing I was reassured to learn that a degree of stockpiling of key drugs and medical devices has already occurred, as well as planning for other time-sensitive medicines in order to minimise risks to patients. “Last week I revealed there were almost 7,500 vacancies across the local health and social care system. It … Continue reading

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Yes, I donate. Do you?

At the start of Organ Donation Week, UUP Health Spokesman Roy Beggs MLA has highlighted the importance of increasing the number of organ donations. He has also again called for an urgent return of a local devolved government so that Northern Ireland can follow the successful soft opt-out organ donation model that has now been approved in Wales, England and recently Scotland. Roy Beggs said: “In the absence of the soft opt out scheme that has been legislated for in the rest of the UK, I would urge everyone to join the local organ donation register by phoning 0300 123 23 23, joining on-line or by completing a form. It is important to join the scheme and speak to family members so that they know your intentions. It is a selfless act and no one knows if their own family member will need a donation from someone else in the … Continue reading

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