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Beggs reveals crisis in breast cancer services in the Northern Health Trust

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has revealed a crisis in breast cancer services in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. In September only 11.9% of urgent breast cancer referrals were seen within 14 days – compared to the target of 100%. Roy Beggs said: “I’ve been aware of a deteriorating situation regarding breast cancer referrals in the Northern Trust area for some months now but I chose not to highlight it in order to avoid unduly raising patient concerns. “But the current situation now has become so serious, and the figures so bleak, that unless immediate action is taken I really am fearful that patients will come to harm. “Compared to April this year when 100% of urgent referrals in the Trust were seen within 14 days, the situation in the 5 months since has collapsed. Initially it fell to 84% in May, slumping to just 59% … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns organised violence in Antiville area of Larne

Commenting on the criminal activity in the Antiville area of Larne, Roy Beggs MLA said: “Burning wheelie bins, attacking police and forcing road closures is endangering the public and preventing citizens from moving to and from their homes. Local residents are being terrorised and limited public resources are being wasted. Organised criminal activity is adversely affecting the local community.   “The question that has to be asked of the organised gang leaders responsible is, what do they believe that they will achieve from burning large numbers of wheelie bins and trying to create some form of no-go area?  They are adversely affecting the local community and wasting ratepayers money.  This lawlessness is making it even more apparent that the community must work with the PSNI directly, and by using the confidential crime stoppers number 0800 555 111, to undermine those involved in criminal activity so that we all have freedom to live … Continue reading

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Beggs calls for an end to tit for tat attacks in the Carrickfergus area

Following reports of a series of tit for tat attacks on homes in the Carrickfergus area, East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs of the Ulster Unionist Party said: “The homes being damaged by the feuding organised crime gangs in Carrickfergus is adversely affecting families, neighbours and the wider community. I am pleased that the police have allocated additional resources and increased patrolling to try to deescalate the situation. I would call on those involved to bring this to an end before someone is seriously injured and I would urge anyone with information of criminal activity to contact the PSNI or Crimestoppers.”

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Beggs responds to Cairncastle Ghost Tommie vandalism

Roy Beggs MLA has respond to media comments from a local Sinn Fein Councillor and the subsequent vandalism of the Ghost Tommie silhouettes in Cairncastle. Roy Beggs said “The Sinn Fein political representative has tried to politicise WW1 commemorations and the Ghost Tommie silhouettes which remember those who did not return. By his reckless remarks, he has increased community tensions. This is in stark contrast to the increased recognition from the Irish Government that huge losses were occurred from all sections of the community. Many young men left Cairncastle never to return. Republicans need to learn to have tolerance and respect for others.”

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Beggs & Wilson check in on Greenisland 3G pitch progress

Ulster Unionist Party elected representatives Roy Beggs MLA and Councillor Andrew Wilson have called out at Greenisland FC to check up on site to see the progress of the 3G pitch, which is eagerly anticipated by all those associated with the Football Club. In a joint statement, Roy Beggs & Andrew Wilson said “We first became involved in the lobby campaign for the 3G pitch in 2014 and have engaged proactively with Council to push for Local Government investment to add to the significant Sports NI investment which was drawn down by the Football Club. A number of years later, it is great to see the turf being moved in preparation for the 3G pitch installation in addition to the floodlights. Greenisland Football Club is a successful, local club and it is great to see them go from strength to strength and the players are a tribute to the 70 … Continue reading

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